Christopher Anstey with his daughter

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He is shown here with one of his four daughters who playfully tries to distract him from his work. Her toy is actually a fashion doll like those sent from Paris to guide dressmakers in the latest styles. Its towering feathered hair-style is clearly meant to recall Anstey's satire of such extremes of modern female fashion.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Christopher Anstey with his daughter




oil on canvas


H 126.5 x W 101 cm

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Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Mrs C. M. Sambourne-Palmer, 1940. On long-term loan to Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire

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