portrait of Mrs Elliott
In Bath, a young
painter is hired to paint the portrait of the wife of Mr Elliott.
Mrs Joan Elliot, a petit and beautiful woman from France, is shy
and correct and despite the fact that she is almost twice his age,
Basil becomes infatuated with her.
Then, suddenly, during one of the painting session, a small accident
occurs which will have unforeseen and erotic consequences.
Category: Victorian romance and erotica
Length: 4 pages, 2500 words
File size: 300KB
Publisher: Independently published by
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“You have met my wife, Mrs Elliott before, I presume?”
the tall and stout tradesman inquired, waving in the general direction
of his wife, who stood half-hidden behind him.
“No, I do not believe I have had the pleasure, Sir,”
“There, there, love. Do not be shy now. This gentleman is
going to paint your picture, you cannot hide from him,” Mr
Elliott said laughing loudly, and almost pushed her forward, so
that I stood face to face with her. She was very petit, only reaching
just below my shoulders, with large almond eyes, ivory skin and
a slightly determined arched nose, which slandered of a continent
Tags: Infatuation, craving, oil painting, tea, adultery.
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I wrote “The portrait of Mrs Elliott” after I had read
“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde about a
year ago and I started to wonder in the artist, Basil Hallward,
ever had painted any other portraits, and thus the idea of “The
Portrait of Mrs Elliott” was born...
The story takes place in Bath (where Jane Austen used to live) and
I did quite a lot of research about Victorian fashion, the relationship
between France and England, as well as the general view of earning
money by trade in comparison to inherit money (the former being
rather frown upon during the Victorian era).