'Girl with Butterflies', early 1900s, Frances MacDonald McNair

Femle figure enveloped in dress and headdress scattering red flowersPencil, watercolour and gold paint on vellum
22.4 x 32.2 (8 7/8 x 12 3/4) (sight)
Private Collection

This previously undocumented watercolour, complete with its original frame, typifies Frances Macdonald’s work of the early 1900s.

The romantic heroine of the late 1890s has been replaced by a delicate, inscrutable creature who inhabits an incorporeal world.