1. Joan Rhodes (1955). Dame Laura Knight (English, 1877-1970). Oil on canvas. Royal Academy of Arts.

    Rhodes, a British stuntwoman, wrestler and strongwoman, had peaceful and glamourous attributes, well portrayed here by Knight. The portrait was shown at the 1955 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition which led to some movie roles for Rhodes.

  2. Girl with the roadmap, photo by Georges Dambier, ELLE, April 1957.

    Dambier was hired by Helene Lazareff, director of ELLE, who gave him his first assignment as a fashion photographer. Dambier did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion pictures, with models standing emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, he showed models smiling, laughing and often in action.

  3. Françoise in a Square-Backed Chair, or Young Girl Reading; Fillette en Robe Bleue (c.1908). Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926). Pastel on paper mounted on linen.

    After 1890 Cassatt turned increasingly to the subject for which she became best known, mother and children, portraying the domestic scene in a careful but impressionist style that conferred a meditative calm. This typical work is among about 15 depictions in pastel and oil of the same French model, called Françoise to facilitate designation, all done around 1908.

  4. Delhaize Fréres & Cie. Au Bon Marché. Enseigne Le Lion. Denrées coloniales, vins & spirit. Des presses J.L. Goffart, lithographe, Bruxelles (1896). Herman Richir (Belgian, 1866–1942) (Hamner). Chromolithographie.

    Richer produced posters under the pseudonym Hamner (an anagram of his name), including two chromolithographies advertising for Delhaize in the Art Nouveau style.

  5. Self-Portrait with Model (c.1935). Howard Chandler Christy (American, 1873-1952). Oil on canvas. 

    Christy made his early reputation when he accompanied the United States troops to Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and articles illustrated by his drawings were published by Scribner’s and Leslie’s Weekly. One picture for Scribner’s, the “Soldier’s Dream” [of his girl] became famous, and from then on, he specialized in drawing and painting beautiful “Christy Girls” for McClure’s and other magazines.

  6. Model reading backstage at Dolce & Gabbana RTW Spring 2013. Photograph by Kuba Dabrowski. Women’s Wear Daily went behind the scenes at Milan Fashion Week, September 2012. 

    It is a sense of La Dolce Vita – of family, femininity and food – that Dolce & Gabbana have sold for almost 30 years, taking aspects of Sicilian life as the starting point for each collection.

  7. Girl reading (1919). Simon Willem Maris (Dutch, 1873-1935). Oil on canvas. Simonis and Buunk, Ede, Netherlands.

    Maris was a pupil of his father, Willem Maris, and academies in The Hague and Antwerp. Made study trips to France and Italy. Maris painted in an impressionist style both figures and portraits. His painting style is reminiscent of Albert Roelofs.

  8. The Haunted Bookshop. Christopher Morley. Cover artist: Douglas Gorsline. Grosset & Dunlap, 1919. Original dust jacket.

    "This bookshop, which does business under the unusual name "Parnassus at Home," is housed in one of the comfortable old brown-stone dwellings which have been the joy of several generations of plumbers and cockroaches. The owner of the business has been at pains to remodel the house to make it a more suitable shrine for his trade, which deals entirely in second-hand volumes. There is no second-hand bookshop in the world more worthy of respect."

  9. The Cello Player. Robert Sivell (Scottish, 1888-1958). Oil on panel. Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums.

    As with The Cello Player, Sivell did many portraits or studies of people, which he seems to have preferred over landscape painting. His works are very lifelike, but he generally used a rather dark palette, and some are brooding and austere.

  10. Ulyana Lopatkina as Odile in Swan Lake. © Gene Schiavone & courtesy Ensemble Productions.

    The pyrotechnics of her Odile – the black swan – are perhaps less dazzling than of old, but they retain the same exact shaping, and exhibit Lopatkina’s almost surreal ability to find space in the music to make different inflections, new sense. Her Odile isn’t just wicked, she’s sexy and erotic, in dramatic control of events.

  11. Amongst the Pines (1915). Stanhope Alexander Forbes (Irish, 1857-1947). Oil on canvas.

    Norman Garstin in his article on Stanhope Forbes in The Studio, 1901, stated, “he is penetrated with the actuality of life, he sees no visions, and he dreams no dreams; but on the other hand he sees with extraordinary clearness and simplicity, and renders with extraordinary clearness what he sees.” 

  12. Rip Van Winkle. Washington Irving. Illustrations and original dust jacket by N. C. Wyeth. Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1921. First Wyeth edition.

    "He was naturally a thirsty soul, and was soon tempted to repeat the draught. One taste provoked another; and he repeated his visits to the flagon so often that at length his senses were overpowered, his eyes swam in his head, his head gradually declined, and he fell into a deep sleep."

  13. Salome. Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932). Oil on canvas.

    Melchers continued to evolve his own personal style of a light-filled, impressionist-inspired realism. With changes in aesthetic tastes, Melchers’s reputation faded after his death. In an era of modernist abstraction and a new, vital realism, his stylistically conservative paintings were viewed by many as old-fashioned.

  14. Shirley MacLaine reading while filming Some Came Running (1958).

    In the post-war, the alcoholic and bitter veteran military and former writer Dave Hirsch (Frank Sinatra) returns from Chicago to his hometown Parkman, Indiana. He is followed by Ginnie Moorehead (MacLaine), a vulgar and easy woman with whom he spent his last night in Chicago that has fallen in love with him.

  15. Constance in Captivity (1929). John Riley Wilmer (British, 1883-1941). Watercolour.

    The Man of Law’s Tale is the fifth of the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, written around 1387. Constance is betrothed to the Syrian Sultan on condition that he convert to Christianity. The Sultan’s mother connives to prevent this and has Constance set adrift on the sea. Her adventures and trials continue after she is shipwrecked.