This painting by David Lever shows a recreation of the Plain And Fancy Dress Ball that took place at the Berowra Hall in October 1914. With the exception of the white leghorn, the varieties of costumes illustrated in the work are drawn from representations accounted for in a newspaper report covering this dazzling event.
Set against a fiery night-scape, the painting offers a visionary aspect that lends a surreal ambiance to what may be perceived as an otherwise sedate Berowra setting. Prophetic, the work alludes to the dreadful fate of the hall which burned to the ground the following month in November, not long after this celebratory ball took place.
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