About this artwork

The seated woman in this painting appears to be sewing, knitting or untangling a ball of thread. As well as a painter and designer, Paxton Brown was also a skilled embroiderer and taught Art Embroidery at Glasgow School of Art from 1904 - 1907. The style of this watercolour is similar to that of the artist’s Portrait of Jessie M. King (GMA 1698) also in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland. 'Seated Woman' looks as if it was made quickly with many areas left unfinished but Paxton Brown preferred images that looked incomplete because, she said, it leaves something to the imagination of the viewer.

Helen Paxton Brown

Helen Paxton Brown