Louise Jopling’s portriats commanded prices that few, if any, British female artists achieved. Lord Leighton, Burne-Jones, and James Tissot were her friends, as were Whistler and Millais, both of whom painted her portrait. She was known for her quick sketches from single sittings which she painted throughout her career; a review in The Graphic of the 1886 Society of Lady Artists exhibition mentions a ‘female head of great beauty’ that was ‘painted in one sitting by Mrs. Louise Jopling’. It is possible that the sitter here was one of Jopling’s students - or possibly a niece, the daughter of her sister Marie Cockell. Thanks to Patricia de Montfort, whose book on the artist will be out soon, published by Routledge.