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Una Troubridge

Romaine Brooks, 1924
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Una Troubridge is a Symbolist Oil on Canvas Painting created by Romaine Brooks in 1924. It lives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits and Androgyny. SourceDownload

Romaine Brooks painted this portrait of her friend Una Troubridge in a position of pointed dominance. With a disapproving glare, she holds one of her dogs in check by the collar. In a letter to her friend, Brooks described the portrait as a glimpse of the New Woman: “a sign of the age which may amuse future feminists.”

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