Neapolitan Beauties (1885)

Bonhams says:

Neapolitan Beauties is ‘a striking depiction of two elegantly dressed ladies posed with their dog on the promenade; the flawlessly painted surface, devoid of any evidence of the artist’s brush, perfectly displays the subject’s porcelain skin and beauty. All attention is focused on the elegant subjects and the omission of a narrative focuses the viewers attention on the beauties within a frieze-like arrangement leading the viewer’s eye from one to the other’.

The painting is by Vittorio Matteo Corcos (Italian, 1859-1933), known for ‘winsome and finely dressed young men and women, in moments of repose and recreation’.