portrait of margaret duchess of argyll

Portrait of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (c.1931). Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (English, 1890-1978). Oil paint on canvas. Tate.

Margaret wears a dark dress, the golden, floral embroidery of which Brockhurst has rendered in hyper-realistic detail using small brushstrokes. Her pale, porcelain-like skin contrasts with the subdued tones of the rest of the picture, especially her dark eyes and eyebrows, which punctuate the whiteness of her face.