I love to study this painting by Allan Ramsay of Horace Walpole's fabulously attired nieces, which he made in 1765. This is the time of the Scottish Enlightenment and here we see two noble ladies in conversation, while one works on an intricate embroidery in hand.
I am astonished that an embroidery such as the one portrayed did not require a frame to stop the work from distorting. Maybe readers can enlighten me? Horace Walpole was a great man of letters who was responsible for the building of the neo-Gothick Strawberry Hill. His nieces were Laura (sometimes Louise) Keppel and Charlotte, countess Dysart, Lady Huntingtower. Oooh I so wish I could be a Lady Huntingtower - maybe some other lifetime? This splendid painting can be sent as an eCard to friends courtesy of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts - click here for more.