View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
This scene is set in the studio of an aspiring young artist who is trying to impress his patron. On the easel is an idealised portrait, which clearly aims
to flatter the sitter. Behind, to the left,
is the artist's 'sitter's chair' where his clients pose for their portraits. To the right, by the screen, is the artist's 'lay figure', a jointed doll used for modelling drapery. The young artist's affable manner and the classical trappings of his studio suggest that his main aim is to make
his mark in fashionable society.
Gallery label, August 2004
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