Memories (c.1928). Walter Beach Humphrey (American, 1892–1966). Oil on canvas. Cover art for Collier’s, 1928.

The young woman in the midst of housecleaning. On the floor in the foreground are her tools: dustpan, a hand brush, and her cleaning rag. The woman sits on her knees with her silk stocking-covered legs tucked under her. Most of the book shelf’s books are piled on the floor around the woman’s knees. In her hands she holds a book she is paging through, titled Love Songs.