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

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.


The painting has been on loan to Kenwood since 1972.

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