Do these sisters look happy to you? Sisters (1875) was

Do these sisters look happy to you? Sisters (1875) was

8/7/2021, 6:00:08 PM
Do these sisters look happy to you? Sisters (1875) was painted by the British artist Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904) and recently sold for $175,000. It shows the three daughters of Eric Carrington Smith (1828-1906), a successful banker who commissioned this work for himself. It was commissioned to celebrate the engagement of the woman in the center, Margaret Smith, to Alfred Fitzroy (who would become the Earl of Euston and Duke of Grafton). Her married sister Gertrude, on the right, congratulates her, while her younger sister Virginia, is seated on the left. You would expect them to be happy, but the longer I study this work, the more I doubt their happiness. They would all three marry husbands from good families, and their husbands would have very successful careers. But maybe their marriages were arranged and they were not all too thrilled about it. Or am I wrong in this interpretation, and are their expressions a way to look classy and beautiful on the painting? My guess is that the latter explanation must be correct, given their beautiful dresses and hair styles. Curious to hear what your thoughts are? #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #Sisters #Portrait #Engagement #EngagementParty #Prinsep #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter

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