Prologue

reading George Eliot Scenes of Clerical Life

oil on panel, 91 x 61 cm (36" x 24") © Fergus A Ryan, 2014

Collection of Fergus and Sarah Ryan

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Sarah reading George Eliot's Scenes of Clerical Life, a 1903 edition with a prologue by William Leask. George Eliot is one of Sarah's favourite authors, and there is a biography of Eliot on the bookshelf behind the door. Sarah gave me that chessboard years ago as a present. The painting took more than a month to complete.