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Weight is known for his portrayals of daily life in the London districts of Battersea and Clapham, and for his penetrating portraits, of which this is a prime example. Orovida Pissarro (1893-1968) was the daughter of the painter Lucien Pissarro, and granddaughter of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. The portrait was painted at the sitter's house in Redcliffe Gardens, London. Weight described the works in the room: 'The picture on the table on the left is one of the last etchings C[amille] did - a self-portrait. The two pictures coming into the top of the portrait are by her father Lucien and the picture with the horse's legs on the right is part of an imaginary picture of Prince Rupert by herself'.

August 2004