Hazel in Rose and Gold
Sir John Lavery, 1918
Who are you?
I'm Hazel Lavery from the USA. My husband John did this painting of me - I asked him to make it flattering to my figure!
Why are you dressed like that?
(Indignant) What on earth do you mean? Maybe you are not used to seeing somebody dressed like this, but I can assure you it is the latest fashion! I got this beautiful coat from my husband. It is VERY expensive.
Why is it so dark there?
My dear John says I always light up the room when I walk in. One time I said, "how do you mean?" And so he did this painting to show how I shine brightly in even the darkest room. I like to be a person who stands out.
What are you going to do next?
(Weary) I'm getting a bit tired of all these questions. I'm a busy woman, a social butterfly you might say. I have an evening of dinner, dancing and glamour ahead of me, my driver is waiting.