Photos: Jonathan Russell.
The identity of the young woman is not known for certain, but she is suspected to be Elizabeth ‘Elsie’ Ebsworth, who married, four years after this portrait was painted, Scottish-born army officer and Conservative politician George Swinton. In 1897, now a professional singer and society hostess, Elizabeth was painted by Annie’s friend and supporter, John Singer Sargent.
The correct title should be ‘The Debutante’. A ‘debutant’ (i.e., without an ‘e’ on the end) is a male making his first public appearance, not a female.