The Stairs – James Jebusa Shannon

Artist: James Jebusa Shannon

A woman is shown climbing stairs, picking up her dress. She wears a bright red sash at her neck.

Source File: Here : 551 x 1200 pixels.

PD Proof : In Bradford Gallery Illustrated Catalog, page 38 (of PDF)

Comment: She looks to be a determined, clever, elegant woman in early middle-age. The source image is narrow and tall, this crop cuts off the lady’s feet and the stairs she is climbing up.

The Elegant Reader – Georg Friedrich Kersting

Artist: Georg Friedrich Kersting

A man in a coat sits at a desk in the evening, lit by a small lamp, reading a book.

Source File: Here : 1957 x 2536 pixels.

PD Proof : In Das Museum Volume 10, plate 123

Comment: Might be good for a Charles Dickens or Wilkie Collins novel involving a scholar or student.

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A Hopeless Dawn – Frank Bramley

Artist: Frank Bramley

A young woman lies in despair over the knees of an older woman who is comforting her. Outside a window, dawn is breaking.

Source File: Here : 1536 x 1108 pixels.

PD Proof : In National Gallery of British Art 1906 p.15

Comment: such a sad picture! Must be suitable for some mid-Victorian tragedy.

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