The Sisters (Sophie Dalrymple and Sara Princep)1856 by George Frederic Watts

Painted in 1856, this double portrait of the exotic sisters, Sophie Dalrymple and Sara Princep, was hung in G F Watts's Little Holland House by June 1856. The distinctive quatrefoil balustrade of the balcony of Holland House forms the backdrop to the double portrait. The heavy robes draping the two sisters create a strongly sculptural effect reminiscent of Roman sculpture. Sophia, in a green dress, is partially swathed in a lengthy, golden paisley shawl whose bulky folds are held in front of her figure.
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Media: oil on canvas