Stunning conversation silhouette by Augustin Edouart on one of the best watercolor backgrounds I've seen from him.The lady on the left is lounging with her foot on a cricket stool with claw feet and a tufted upholstered top. Her arm (possibly with imbecile sleeve) rests on the back of her Sheraton period chair. She has just laid her book down so her standing friend can show off a pencil drawing of a Holyroodhouse Palace, at the foot of Royal Mile, Edinburg, Scotland (apparently the standing lady’s latest artistic endeavor). The penciled drawing is on a separate piece paper that Edouart has carefully placed in her hands. All cut details of the ladies are wonderful with special attention paid to their hands (perhaps because Edouart felt some affinity to the standing lady and her artistic work). The watercolor background is probably the most detailed I’ve ever seen from Edouart (although it was probably painted by one of his commissioned artists). The carpet, draperies, and table cover are richly patterned. On the table sits a detailed desk set, with quill pens, and books. There are two paintings over the fireplace. On the mantle sits a figural clock under glass, with robed chariot rider being pulled by two rearing horses. If you look very closely, you can see the Arabic numerals on the face of the clock. The fireplace appears to have a fire in it although this is depicted by smoke billowing up the flue instead of showing the actual fire. The fireplace fender and tools are all wonderfully and carefully painted. Detail outside the window are painted very faintly. Please see my website for more information.
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