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Changes to the position of the arms

detail of xray of portrait showing the sitter's arms in several positions

Detail of the x-ray of the painting, showing how the position of the arms has changed

The x-ray shows that the position of Lady Folkestone’s hands has been altered at least twice.

Initially both hands were placed in her lap, secondly the left arm was altered to cross her body and clasp the right arm at the elbow.

The final position is more relaxed with the left hand resting lightly on the right arm. This is far less visible on the x-ray than the two earlier positions of the arms.

the same area of the painting shown in the x-ray view above

Detail of the painting showing the final position of the arms