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Faces in the Fire

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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Holl made his name as a painter of genre subjects, before turning to portraits. This painting was one of his earliest successes when exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1867. A young girl gazes into the fire, oblivious of the cat whose saucer is broken. The birdcage, a common attribute of servitude, indicates that she is a servant or a hard-worked daughter of the house.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford

  • Date

    1867

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    46.5 x 67.5 cm

  • Accession number

    WA1991.184

  • Acquisition method

    Presented by the Friends of the Ashmolean, 1991

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH England

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