10,000 - 15,000 GBP
bidding is closed
- Henry Holiday
- The Duet, Portraits of Alexandra, Daughter of Rev. G. Kitchin and Winifrid, Daughter of the Painter
- signed and inscribed with the title on a label attached to the reverse
Sotheby's, 25 November 2004, lot 328, where purchased by the present owner
Reverend Dr George William Kitchin (1827-1912) was the first Chancellor of the University of Durham and Dean of Winchester. He had studied at Oxford and was friends with both Ruskin and Lewis Carroll and was probably also a friend of Holiday and owned his large watercolour Artemis, Queen and Huntress, Chaste and Fair (sold in these rooms, 15 July 2008, lot 2). His daughter Alexandra (later Mrs Arthur Cardew 1864-1912), who was named after her god-mother Alexandra of Denmark (then Duchess of Wales), was also the subject of at least five photographs by Carroll aged between four and sixteen.