Courtauld Gallery

In her mind, she likened all the people she saw to insects.

Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, The Strand, Westminster, WC2R

Or, if they were lucky enough not to be deemed entirely hopeless, farmyard animals.

Edouard Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, The Strand, Westminster, WC2R

This imaginary divide made her feel superior.

Paul Gauguin's Nevermore, Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, The Strand, Westminster, WC2R

Although she considered that these were comparisons she had garnered from a book or cartoon from her childhood, she still revelled in a quiet satisfaction.

Claude Monet's Antibes, Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, The Strand, Westminster, WC2R

This was one of her hobbies. She was a people-watcher.

Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, The Strand, Westminster, WC2R

The upturned hood, the tough stance; all helped to keep people away and allow her to become an undercover spectator.

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