This sketch was left untouched at a faint, gestural stage since it was begun about four or five years ago and was only ‘finished’ up last Saturday night.
It has been pointed out to me that such a richly dressed Katrina looks rather more French than Dutch, and that the eighteenth-century Dutch Protestant settlers of the New World, even wealthy ones, would most likely have been more simply dressed. A very good point to which I concede and will bear in mind for a future revision of her. I can only plead that in responding to Irving’s description, it was too irresistible for me not to be indulgent and forget how Spartan Dutch bourgeois inclinations actually were. It would be a good future exercise to find that right balance which reflects this whilst still answering Irving’s wonderful text.