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Courtship, by Edmund Blair Leighton, English, 1853-1922
This particular painting had some things going on inside it that I had not previously noticed, and I wanted to find out if anyone else sees it. What do you think is really happening in the background, and what do you think the young man in the main part of the painting, does for a living? My guess is that the man in the background is waiting for the boat and he is not happy that the boatman is taking his time talking to the young lady. Many of the paintings of the past had an "inside story" that a studied view can reveal.