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Diana Shaul Fine Art

Original Paintings and Drawings

Before Her Time

Painting of a woman in Edwardian attire speaking on the telephone.

Story: I suppose I must give the idea to my husband, of this contraption I've devised so that I can talk to my dear Eliza whilst she is at her house and I am at mine. He has been troubling himself for so long trying to figure it out, and indeed he is on the right track, but my device is so much more compact and pleasing than anything he has conceived and demonstrates such enhanced clarity of speech, and I feel I really ought to share my invention with him. He does so oppose my avant-garde ideas though. Just his reaction to my attire this morning was enough to make me concerned about how he might take news of my contraption. So perhaps I shall first call Eliza and see how she is on this fine morning.

The history of the invention of the telephone is littered with claims and lawsuits in which the lady pictured and her device do not figure. When she called Eliza that morning, she learned that her friend was in crisis and naturally rushed to her aid, her priorities having been completely altered. The rest, as they say, is history.

Media: Acrylic, ink, watercolour, graphite pencil and mixed media

Surface: Daler-Rowney acid-free paper (150gsm)

Size: A4 (8.27"x 11.69"; 21cm x 29.7cm)