Ingenious Fancy, never better pleased
Than when employ’d t’ accommodate the fair,
Heard the sweet moan of pity, and devised
The soft settee; one elbow at each end,
And in the midst an elbow it received,
United yet divided, twain at once.
William Cowper, lines from Task. Bk. I, "Sofa",1785.
Portrait of Nikolay Pozniakov by Valentin Serov, 1908.