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Landscape in the original background

detail of x-ray from the background to the right of the sitter

Detail of the x-ray of the painting, showing horizontal strokes of paint in the background which could originally have been a landscape

At the centre right of the x-ray dense, horizontal strokes are visible, now concealed by the outstretched arm and draped lace sleeve resting on the column.

This area appears to relate to sky and landscape: the horizontals of thicker paint would correspond to pale sky at the horizon, possibly with a distant shore or inlet and sketchy clouds above.

detail of arms and sleeve resting on a column with a blank background

Detail of the same area of the finished painting

closer detail of the painting, showing the blank background

Close up detail of shoulder and background in the finished painting