Arts Everyday Living: Piano Dreams—Romantic Reveries, Musical Poetry

Edward Poynter, A Day Dream, 1863, oil on canvas, Private Collection


British artist Edward Poynter (1836-1919) earned fame for his historical paintings.  However, he also created some memorable interpretations of women such as the haunting A Day Dream above.  Below is a portrait of his soon to be wife Agnes Macdonald, who was an accomplished pianist.  Do you think she posed or at least was the inspiration for A Day Dream (although Macdonald’s portrayal was done about three years later).


Edward Poynter, Agnes Macdonald, 1866, oil, location not known.



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