Politicians regularly choreograph significant moments to ensure maximum publicity. But Sturgeon’s relaxed pose, curled up with her shoes off on a blue couch at her official residence of Bute House, has people talking.
The photo has drawn comparisons to one of Margaret Thatcher signing documents at Downing Street and putting her feet up at the end of a long day back in 1983.
Some on social media pointed out the contrast between Sturgeon’s photo and a more formal shot of British Prime Minister Theresa May signing the letter that triggered Article 50 earlier this week, kick-starting the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Others joked that Sturgeon was actually just finishing a newspaper crossword, or writing a letter to Santa.
Sturgeon is calling for a referendum to take place sometime between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, but May has indicated she will reject that timetable.
It isn’t the first time this week that a photograph of Sturgeon and May has hit the headlines.