In this portrait Manchester-based Mistress Eclipse is depicted as a pony-boy trainer.
Her “horse”, in tight constricting rubber, is being taught to strut with high steps. Like a donkey with a carrot in front, he has a high-heel dangled in front of him – which of course he can never reach it.
But Mistress Eclipse’s training is ruthless, and she cracks her whip for any slight transgression.
It will be a long day in the fields!