Catherine Goodman (13)

I thought my portrait was finished.   It isn’t.   I was called back for another sitting yesterday, as has Hannah Rothschild.   There was a great deal of inspection of the nearly finished portrait from near, from afar and as seen in the large mirror behind the easel, which enables me nearly to see a reflection of the portrait, but not quite.   The back tape round its edge was gradually stripped off.   I asked why.   She said that she’ll tell me one day.   At one point, she applied a large dab of bright yellow pigment which looked dangerous and wholly unnecessary.   I had thought that my very severe haircut might be a disadvantage, as had she.   It’s not long now that the invisible college of her sitters – the dealer, the gardener, the film director and literary agent, but not the Duchess of Cornwall – will be revealed on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery.   We might finally all meet.

Here is what the artist looks like from the viewpoint of the sitter:

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