Self Portrait (1889). Sarah Cecilia Harrison (Irish, 1863-1941). Oil on canvas. Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.
The artist, aged twenty-six, wearing an elegant striped blouse, holds her palette and various brushes. With great attention to detail each of the brushes is loaded with paint. The painting displays a crisp handling and controlled brushwork typical of her style. It reveals a good feeling for form and strong drawing. The deep blue background gives a sense of depth.