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Puss in Boots

Photo credit: Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

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The model depicted was Violet Maxse (1872–1958), later Lady Gascoyne-Cecil and Viscountess Milner, her father noting 'She was always a lovely child with the most astonishing mane of hair.' In 1929 she took over editorship of her family's publication, the 'National Review'. At the announcement of her wedding in 1894 it was recorded that a coloured reproduction of the painting had been issued with the 'Illustrated London News' in 1878 – 'thus unwittingly, Miss Maxse's portrait is in the possession of many thousands of people who cannot help taking an increased interest in her career from this fact.' It went on to note that 'she inherits her father's courage and was one of the earliest to make the ascent of the Eiffel Tower before its completion.

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Puss in Boots




oil on canvas


H 106.7 x W 79.3 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Sir William Ogilvy Dalgleish, 1923

Work type


Inscription description

JM (in monogram) 1877


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