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Shannon painted this for an 'Exhibition of Fair Women', an annual show organised in London by the International Society of Painters. His sitter 'Mrs Pat' was well known as an actress. She was a friend of Shannon, and was then also working with his companion Charles Ricketts, who designed a production of 'Elektra' for her.

Shannon revived the style of the Venetian high renaissance painters such as Titian, here with the rich colouring of the glazes, the movement of the pose, and the costume with the low fronted blouse.

August 2004