Girl with Lilac
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1823 - 1903
Girl with Lilac
signed with initials S.A. (lower left)
oil on canvas
canvas: 8 3/4 by 6 1/2 in.; 22 by 16.5 cm
framed: 16 1/4 by 14 1/4 in.; 41.5 by 36.5 cm
The canvas is unlined. The paint surface is stable and in good condition. Patterns of craquelure throughout. Under UV light, areas of retouching to the figure's cheek and nose.
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Girl with Lilac was bought by Dodgson in the same year that Alice in Wonderland was first published, whilst Dodgson lived in Oxford as a lecturer in mathematics – a position he held between 1855 and 1881. A photograph of his sitting-room at Christ Church, Oxford shows several other pictures by Anderson. Girl with Lilac stood on the mantlepiece, to the left, with a portrait of a girl named Minnie Morton on the right. It remained at Christ Church until Dodgson’s death in 1898 and then hung in his sister’s house, The Chestnuts in Guildford. It only left the Dodgson family in 1998, a hundred years after his death.