I finally came up with a biography for this painting…
The Mirrensley Girls (1550 – 1600)
The daughters of a diplomat and a one-time opera singer, the girls known as Merri and Kerri spent their youth traveling from one school to another while their father was assigned to posts all over the Continent. By the time of their presentation to society, each made what was considered a good catch in the marriage market thanks to their beauty and reputation as minor celebrities, but neither lasted long. A Lord Deputy, whose dissipate lifestyle would drive Merri into the arms of his brother, and a Lieutenant Colonel who was killed in action during the Kronin Wars, leaving Kerri a widow. With money from their father, the sisters purchased a townhouse and began a small perfume business that did quite well. Their bodies were later discovered in the attic; the door locked from the inside. One sister emaciated while the other appeared extremely obese, and each having a wound to the head. Their bizarre deaths remains a mystery.
I just shipped them off to The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles for the Feminality exhibit if you are in the area.