Emily Mary Osborn, Nameless and Friendless “The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, etc.” - Proverbs, x, 15, 1857, oil on canvas, 82.5 x 103.8 cm, Tate Collection. Source
Emily Mary Osborn’s Nameless and Friendless depicts a young Victorian woman and her brother in an art dealers. The girl’s nerves are evident in the way she tugs at the string in her hands as the dealer inspects her painting. Osborn’s piece highlights the fact that women artists often found themselves out of their depth in the masculine spheres of painting and sculpture. The Tate notes how the young woman is also being scrutinised by the gentlemen to the far left, who compare her form with that of the painted ballerina in front of them.