Although perhaps best known as a model for Deverell, Holman Hunt, Millais and Rossetti she proved to be a more than capable painter herself. This was painted in 1857 in Watercolour, bodycolour and coloured chalks. Ruskin bought a lot of her works and was very enthusiastic about her abilties. He arranged to give her £150 / annum for any work she produced (although this arrangement ended sometime in 1857). Clerk Saunders is a scene from Sir Walter Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.