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.
The sheet appears sound. There is evidence of several tears along the right hand edge, one along the top right edge and two smaller ones on the far left edge. There is some damage and evidence of repair work in a small area on the taller figure's hair leading to her blouse. Otherwise the work is in good overall condition with fresh colour, clean and ready to hang.
Held in a Rossetti style gold painted carved wood frame behind glass. Unexamined out of frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."