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Walker was a self-motivated and unusually confident figure on the British scene at the turn-of-the-century. Her range of subject matter was considerable, including landscapes and imaginative decorative compositions, but she was best known for her portraits and still-lifes.

The restricted palette that Walker uses here, in what she herself called ‘rather a marvellous portrait’, does not subdue her energetic vision. The sitter - the daughter of the Lord Chief Justice - brims with life. Mrs Adams' animated expression, the free brushwork and enjoyment of paint make this canvas typical of Walker's portraiture.

February 2010