in Last Chronicle of Barset

Chapter 38 – Jael


In Greek mythology, the three Graces were goddesses of charm and beauty.  Conway Dalrymple painted a triple portrait of Mrs. Dobbs Broughton herself personifying all three Graces.  Conway’s depiction of Mrs. Broughton as each of the three Graces is a seemingly ironic notion, considering how Mrs. Broughton in her actual life does not embody charm or beauty, due to her pervasive melancholy and overblown Byronic aspirations.  [AM 2006]