Watercolour, pencil, and body colour, heightened with white; signed and dated 1927.
19.75 x 14 inches
Eve is shown tempted, with Adam happily oblivious behind her. It is the moment before Eve eats of the apple and before she shares it with Adam: before their knowledge of good and evil. She is a trusting, innocent Eve, more deceived than deceiving. The few men that appear in Hawksley’s ethereal, artificial watercolours are often marginalised or incidental, as Adam is here, turned away.