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fast asleep , under the long * table at tlie upper end of the studio , on her spreading favorite - horns skin , her that head of a resting magnific 1 loving ent ox ly , on with that staffed of the head animal and .
at She the had School come of in , Desi very tired had , from thrown her herself weekly down review . on the of skin the classes under gn ,
the shade of the table with the intention of resting" there for a few minutes , and had fallen asleep . There was so much natural grace
and simplicity in her attitude , such an evident innocence and peacein fulness her expression in her whole as— appearance roused by , the and opening so much and of the shutting startled 1 of child the
door behind me—she suddenly awoke and started to her feet , that , sorry as I was to have broken in upon her pleasant nap , I could
hardly regret the chance which had shown me so charming a little picture .
Such is the " whereabout" in which Rosa Bonheur receives her guests , with the frankness , kindness , and unaffected simplicity by
which she is so eminently distinguished . She is small in person , rather under middle height , with a fLnely-forined head , and broad
rather than high forehead ; small , -well denned , regular features , and good teeth ; hazel eyes , very clear and bright ; dark-brown
, hair , slightly wavy , parted on one side , and cut short in the neck ; a compact , shapely figure ; true artist's hands , small , delicate , and
nervous ; and extremely pretty little feet . She dresses very plainly , the only colors worn by her being black , brown , or grey ; and her
costume consisting invariably of a close-fitting jacket and skirt of simple materials . On the rare occasions when she goes into
company—for she lives very retiredly , accepting but few of the inumerable invitations with which she is assailed—she appears in
the same simple costume , . of richer materials , with the addition merely of a lace collar . She wears none of the usual articles of
feminine adornment ; not from contempt of them , but simply because the elegant trifles so dear to womankind are so utterly
foreign to her thoughts and occupations , that even to put them on , would beto hera forced and unnatural proceeding . When at her
, , easel , she wears a sort of round pinafore or blouse of gray linen , that envelopes her from the neck to the feet .
Rosa Bonheur impresses you , at first sight , as a clear , honest , vigorousindependent nature ; abrupt , yet kindly ; original ,
selfcentred , and decided , without the least pretension or conceit ; but it is only , when you have seen her conversing earnestly and heartily ,
her enthusiasm roused by some topic connected with her art , or with the great humanitary questions of the day , when , you have watched
her kindling eyes , her smile , at once so sweet , so beaming , and so keen , her expressive features irradiated , as it were , with an inner
light , that you begin to perceive how very beautiful she really is . in To her know devotion how to upri her ght art and , how how simp truthful le and she unassuming is , how sing * , le fu - ll minde y con d -
scious of the dignity of her artistic power , but respecting it rather
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English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), June 1, 1858, page 229, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01061858/page/13/