Brooks did not always ennoble her subjects. Inherited wealth freed her from the need to sell her paintings; she did not care whether she pleased her sitters or not, and her wit, when unleashed, could be sharp. A striking example is her 1914 portrait of Elsie de Wolfe, an interior designer whom she felt had copied her monochromatic color schemes. Brooks painted de Wolfe porcelain-pale, in an off-white dress and a bonnet resembling a shower cap; a white ceramic goat placed on a table at her elbow seems to mimic her simpering expression.
De Wolfe had been an American actress, quite popular on Broadway more for her costumes than her acting ability. She had an established household with Elisabeth Marbury, a powerful Broadway agent of the time. She quite nearly invented the career of interior decoration, as most work in the field was handled by individual craftsmen at the time.
De Wolfe's 1926 marriage to diplomat Sir Charles Mendl was page-one news in the New York Times and was quite a surprise to her lady friends. She became Lady Mendl and now had the respectability and title to attract such clients as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
She popularised blue hair rinse, yoga, and high colonics. (Source: Wikipedia)