Dressing the Kitten by Joseph Wright of Derby

While on loan for 23 years, The Kitten became the most popular painting at Kenwood.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
91 x 72 cm
Art Fund grant:
£70,000 (; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1996
Vendor:
Executors of Mrs C M Riley

The question of the potential moral content of the subject has been posed, and there may also be some sexual innuendo. But it is the sheer magic of the composition, the play of light across the still life of the doll and candle and across the girls' cheeks that makes this such a haunting image.

Provenance

The painting has been on loan to Kenwood since 1972.

Venue details

Kenwood Hampstead Lane, LONDON London NW3 7JR 020 8348 1286 www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood

Entry details

Free to all

Daily, 10am – 5pm

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