Dressing the Kitten by Joseph Wright of Derby

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


Oil on canvas
91 x 72 cm
Art Fund grant:
£70,000 (; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
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.


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