Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 1, Episode 2

The Mistress and the Maids (17 Oct. 1971)

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Richard Bellamy engages an artist to paint a portrait of his beautiful wife, Lady Marjorie.

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Richard Bellamy decides he wants a portrait of his wife Marjorie and she engages Scone a somewhat Bohemian artist who has lived in Paris and eschews his rich family's background and status. When he asks for several of Lady Marjorie's dresses to be sent to his studio, he gets to meet the precocious Sarah who is immediately taken with him. He decides he wants to paint her as well and over the course of several weeks she spends her Wednesday evenings off with him, never quite seeing what he is putting on canvas. She regales him with tales of 165 Eaton Place and of her now good friend and roommate, Rose. The Bellamys are quite pleased with his painting of Lady Marjorie but are shocked at a public exhibition of his work to find that that he has displayed her portrait side-by-side with that of the two maids, now semi-clad. The resulting shock and disgrace - and the belief that Scone painted the portraits in their room - is such that Richard wants both Sarah and Rose fired. Written by garykmcd

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Sarah poses for an artist causing problems for Rose and the Bellamys
11 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wonderful episode. It is realistic, from what I know of the social history--how servants were little more than poorly paid property without lives of their own. Sarah poses for an artist who doesn't care about how he uses people (or how art uses people). When Scone hangs both pictures in a gallery, side by side, Lady Marjorie and Richard are embarrassed. Ready to dismiss both servants--despite Roses' history, they reveal their total participation in the social class system. The only objection, upon reflection, is that this is uncharacteristic of Richard as we come to know him. In a later episode he is willing to stick up for servant--Mary-- because he can not deny his background as a preacher's son. All in all, this is a terrific episode.


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