Here we have Tonks's
Sargent sitting on his stool with his paint box and easel as one of his
helpers manipulates a rocking horse. Sargent would always say that he
only paint what he saw. This was a poke in the ribs for when Sargent
took a stuffed gazelle to the Alps in 1908 to use as a prop -- one
done this way was The Hermit. The strings, of coarse were a joke
Sargent trying to paint a living animal from a prop.
Hermit (Il Solitario)