[Lydia in a loge, wearing a pearl necklace]
oil on canvas
31 5/8 x 23"
Probably influenced by Degas' ballet pictures, but in the colouring it has overtones of Renoir and in its handling Manet. It was included in an exhibition of Impressionist paintings in 1878 and was favourably received. The model was Mary's older sister Lydia (died in 1882).