- John Roddam Spencer Stanhope 1829–1908
- Ink on paper
- Support: 610 × 318 mm
- Presented by Mrs Evelyn de Morgan 1917
Stanhope’s drawing, for which the Pre-Raphaelite model Fanny Cornforth posed in Stanhope’s studio, shows a ‘fallen’ woman at a window overlooking the Thames at Blackfriars . In the manner of so-called ‘problem women’ pictures of the time her eyes are raised but, unusually, she wears a loose modern gown that partially reveals her body. In his final oil version of the scene (also in Tate’s collection) Stanhope directed the woman’s gaze out at viewers, implicating them in the drama.
Gallery label, October 2013
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