They may sound like a trio of barristers come to help secure your fortunes against greedy relatives as you lay dying in the opulent bed chamber of your manner home, but they are something far more important according to my daughter; well, at least two of them are. It is her dearest hope that the last will join the ranks of Mr. Gotch and Mr. Thayer in making his daughter the obvious model for some striking, timeless paintings.
While she was touched by the daughter-as-subject bug long ago when my husband used our other daughter as a model for his sketched study of Persephone (for a painting that was never to be), her interest was recently renewed when she came upon this painting in her book, Sound the Deep Waters: Women’s Romantic Poetry in the Victorian Age.
The Child Enthroned, Thomas Cooper Gotch, 1894
A Virgin, Abbott Handerson Thayer, 1893
Angel, Abbott Handerson Thayer, 1887
So now, my daughter has begun to lobby to be immortalized in paint as nothing less than a princess or an angel. Although, I’m sure a Greek goddess would suffice – provided she were the right one.
*As an interesting aside, check out Thayer’s contribution to camouflage.