DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Mary MCEVOY | Interior: Girl reading

England 1870 – 1941
Interior: Girl reading 1901
oil on canvas
53.3 (h) x 43.8 (w) cm
Tate, London, purchased 1927

McEvoy’s shy, pensive girl, absorbed in her book, is remarkably of her time. Edwardian artists often depicted middle-class women reading quietly in intimate interiors. Confined indoors, with only a hint of the outside world through the reflected light on the curtains, McEvoy’s subject reaches out beyond the limitations of this room through her reading.

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