|Jopling 1925 Quote:||'After my return, my friend, Willert Beale, whom I had met at my husband’s cousins’, the Williamses, brought Joseph Hatton, the editor of “The Gentleman’s Magazine,” to have his portrait painted. Mr. Beale was an amateur painter himself, and was intensely interested in each phase of a picture. He would stand behind my chair, with his hands on the back of it, and watch each stroke that I made. For a young beginner, this is a paralysing experience, especially when the onlooker hums some well-known air, in a spasmodic manner, as Willert was fond of doing. However, I could have forgiven him this if he had not at the same time leant on the back of my chair, which gave me an odd sensation – as if a magnetic current passed from the onlooker’s hand down my spine, which glued me to my chair, and paralysed my arms.
Unwilling to tell Willert not to touch my chair, I bore with it, and this fight against outward influences served me in good stead in later years, when I could paint a head before twenty or thirty students without a trace of self-consciousness. I feel I owe this to dear Willert Beale’s annoying habit.' Jopling 1925 chap. 2 |