Page from 1984 Sketchbook with Thumbnail of Parents

 

On page 15 of Bartlett’s 1984 sketchbook, the artist depicts a thumbnail sketch for Parents in addition to two and a half drawings of an individual depicted from the side leaning their face on the palm of their hand.

In Bartlett’s thumbnail, the artist stages the figures in identical poses as portrayed in the final painting, but the space between them seems to be greater in the sketch. Also, the female figure to the right in the drawing has a large portion of her legs cropped out, like the female figure in the husband and wife portrait by John Singer Sargent of Robert Lewis Stevenson and his wife. However, in the final painting, the artist only crops out her right foot instead of most of her legs.