Dame in Weiss Annan, James Craig  (Scottish, 1864-1946)

"The Lady in White" has been compared to "Terburg" (a 17th century influential and pioneering Dutch genre painter who lived in the Dutch Golden Age) several times and indeed it is true that you can find in the portrait qualities of the Dutch master. The folds of the dress are perfectly arranged. You can hardly regret the curved line, which is unlike that of the body, created by the back of the chair covered by the model’s clothing. The value of the white material is exquisite as it is in complete harmony with the flesh of the face. The lady’s profile in full light stands out without melting into it. The accessories are sober and the whole effect is colorful, warm and alive. This portrait would be enough to confirm Mr. Craig Annan’s reputation, but he does not stop there.1


1 From Robert Demachy, "Mr. Craig Annan Le Salon de Photographie", Avril 1897