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watercolour, 449 x 350
Timmy Angus married Rita Angus’s brother Douglas, and Rita and Timmy soon became close friends.
In 1952, Rita announced that it was time to paint Timmy’s portrait – only days after Timmy’s mother had died. Timmy protested but eventually gave in: ‘You couldn’t argue with Rita. Once she made up her mind about something, that was that.’
Timmy sat for her portrait over a period of two weeks – days when she was preoccupied with the loss of her mother. Later, she came to feel that her sister-in-law had captured her grief in this sensitive watercolour.
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