Fuseli's wife's complicated and extravagant hairstyle is the most eye catching feature of this portrait profile. Stylish women and their coiffeur seem to have been an endless source of fascination for him. Here the curls and ringlets are complemented by the ruffles and edging of the high collar and sleeve of Sophia Rawlins' dress. She was much younger than her husband whom she had married in 1788. As an amateur artist's model she would have been used to posing for studies like this. In spite of their social and intellectual differences Sophia's compelling allure ensured their marriage was long-lasting.