The Handkerchief Girl
Oil on linen
This painting is a play on the recurring motif of a handkerchief in 17th century portraits and more specifically in William Larkin’s works. The curtains and carpet are also frequently seen. The giant skirt is mostly edged with authentic 17th century reticella lace, and the handkerchiefs are a collection of modern and antique pieces. For example, there is a Bedfordshire lace handkerchief and a modern reproduction of Italian reticella.
Some more information about the inspiration for this painting can be found on my blog.