Detail from The Funeral of Shelley,
Louis Édouard Fournier, 1889.
The painting depicts
Edward John Trelawney, Leigh Hunt and Lord Byron present at the cremation, when in reality, according to Trelawney, Leigh Hunt never got out of the carriage and Byron was so shocked by the circumstances and the high temperatures that he retreated and went swimming instead.
The Reader. Félicie (Fournier) Schneider (French, 1831-1888). Oil on canvas.
Schneider, an Academic painter, depicts the young woman reading in simple yet striking clothing. The woman has briefly paused in her reading and has marked her place in the book with her thumb. She appears to be contemplating, either a passage from the book or perhaps a personal affair.