Mrs. Hay is seated on an open armed pink chair with a view of open windows, column, book case, and painting behind her. She is comfortably away from the walls and she holds no props; her hands are demurely crossed in her lap displaying a ring on her right hand and a watch on her left. Mrs. Hay’s dress is light and delicate. With her head facing the viewer, Mrs. Hay’s body is turned in three-quarter profile. With the inclusion of so many details from the house itself, this painting perhaps can also document the time in which the Hays occupied the residence.

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