A Social Eddy (or Left by the Tide) by Sir William Quiller Orchardson

A Social Eddy

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About the Painting

A native of Edinburgh, where he studied under Robert Scott Lauder, Sir William Quiller Orchardson moved to London in the 1860s.

The awkward posture of the young woman in this painting suggests psychological tension, and she is quite isolated. We are left to speculate whether she is simply shy, or whether her discomposure is the result of some unknown subtext.

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What do you think?

Has the young lady on the right become a "wall flower"?

Is she waiting for her dance partners to return?

Or is she simply shy or exhausted?