Defendant and Counsel

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– This painting is one of the finest and most popular examples of “puzzle” pictures.
– Viewers were immediately intrigued when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1895. They were desperate to know what exactly the lady had done. Cassell & Co. even offered a prize to whoever would come up with the best theory.

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William Frederick Yeames was best known for painting problem pictures which invite the viewers to speculate on a possible explanation of a scene. His other painting “And When Did You Last See Your Father?” became the most famous example of the genre. Defendant and Counsel was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1895 and enjoyed immediate notoriety. This painting is now on display at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

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