Is there a certain appeal to having a woman seated while posing for a portrait? Does the woman become more attractive? Does she become more approachable? Or maybe looking at it in a feminist aspect is there a small hint of chauvinistic intent? Placing a woman at no great height depicts her as in some ways incompetent and having her sitting portrays her as frail and fragile. Most of these women are somewhat unknown to society and hold no particular importance to the common population, yet they must have had some significance to have been painted. But why always have her seated and looking so lethargic?