R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

John Callcott Horsley - Showing a Preference (1850)

In ‘Showing a Preference’ by English painter John Callcott Horsley, I assume the title specifically refers to the dynamic between our three subjects as they walk through this field on a sunny day. The woman in pink and the gentleman appear to be picking flowers, and he is holding her hat while she uses it as a receptacle to gather her selections. In turn she is providing him with shade from her sun umbrella, requiring them to huddle closely together. The woman in back appears to acknowledge the man’s attention the other woman, though she doesn’t appear distraught, and with a hat of her own, providing a bit of shade over her face, perhaps that’s well enough for her. Who needs flowers, anyway?
Tags: art for the month of february 2018
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