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Miss Browne, the subject, has commented thus on the sitting, 'Rejecting the offer of some better quality paper, he tried a pen and ink sketch but discarded it immediately, saying 'that won't do, it makes you look like a Borough Councillor'. Spencer went on to make a portrait in pencil of Miss Browne. A full account by Miss Browne of Sitting for Stanley is published in the catalogue to the Collection of Works of Art of the University of Warwick.