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Peter Alexander Hay (1866-1952)

Sweet Seventeen c.1923

Watercolour | RCIN 927067

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  • A miniature watercolour portrait of a girl wearing a white dress, and a wide-brimmed straw hat trimmed with ribbons. Signed, lower left.

    This watercolour is one of a large number of individual portraits among the collection of graphic works in the Dolls’ House. The miniature scale, and the domestic space in which family and ancestry were often emphasised, were conditions ideally suited to the head-and-shoulders portrait format. These works often demonstrate traditional values. Particularly prevalent as subject matter is the young woman as a symbol of purity, harking back to Victorian and Edwardian sensibilities. Quaint straw hats and blue ribbons often form the accoutrement of these contributions to the Dolls’ House. For other Dolls' House portraits in this vein, see RCIN 927080 and RCIN 926962.
    Provenance

    Commissioned for the Library in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

  • Medium and techniques

    Watercolour

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