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Katherine Mansfield and Psychology$
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Clare Hanson, Gerri Kimber, and W. Todd Martin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417532

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417532.001.0001

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(p.151) Poise
Katherine Mansfield and Psychology

Angela Smith

Edinburgh University Press

This essay argues that J D Fergusson’s Poise, painted in 1916, cannot be a portrait of Mansfield. With portraits, Fergusson often named his sitters. The woman in the picture representing an abstract quality is blue-eyed and vigorous, resembling one of Morris’s dancers. By 1916 Mansfield, who had brown eyes, had tubercular symptoms. In a letter to Murry she analyses Poise objectively with the tone of a friendly critic, whereas when she does sit for a portrait, to Anne Estelle Rice, she describes the process with the interest of a writer protective of her own image.

Keywords:   J. D. Fergusson, Poise, Anne Estelle Rice, Morris, image

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