The sitters are the artist's wife and his eldest daughter, Elise, born in 1878. Only the barest indication of a setting is given, such as the chairs and vase of flowers. This work is painted in the artist's characteristic style, with the figures emerging out of a shadowy atmosphere. Although the painting is a family portrait, the subject of winding wool may also symbolise the ties between a mother and daughter.
On loan from Tate: Presented by Mrs R.M. Dunlop 1927, © 2000 Tate
1849 - 1906
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
59.7 x 73.3 cm
On loan from Tate: Presented by Mrs R.M. Dunlop 1927
Location in Gallery