Oil on board,
30 x 25 inches
Signed at upper left:
Painted in 1950
Exhibited: Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc., New York, New York, 1981, Priscilla Roberts, Magic Realist, A Retrospective Exhibition, p. 9, no. 19, illus. on p. 14; Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc., 1991, Transitions & Recollections by Priscilla Roberts, N.A., Painter, np., illus.; Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 1984-1985, Priscilla Roberts, Magic Realist, no. 18: exhibition traveled to the Canton Art Institute, Ohio
Ex coll: private collection, Pennsylvania
A lay figure is a jointed model of the human body used by artists for painting drapery. Priscilla Roberts' lay figure was life-size and created in France in the eighteenth century. Historically used by portrait painters, the artist would place his sitter's clothes on the lay figure so the subject would have to be present only when this or her face and hands were being painted. The dress in this painting was created by Worth.