This drawing by the young Polish artist Kratochwil shows Edinburgh-born painter Ethel Walker in her late eighties. Having moved to Surrey as a child, she became one of few female members of the New English Art Club. Although she exhibited with the group for many years, she soon parted with the stylistic tradition of the NEAC, working instead in a more Impressionist manner. Her subjects included flowers, interiors and seascapes, but Walker is best-known for her figure studies and portraits of women, which include a large number of subtle, tonal self-portraits. An interest in philosophy and religion added a Symbolist dimension to her work. Walker took her art very seriously, and her commitment was recognised when she was made a CBE in 1938 and a Dame in 1943.