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Child of the period


George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834 - 1896)

Width: 22.7 cm; Height: 14 cm;

Collector's mark
Inscription, Exhib. Arts Council 1948/9 / Exhib. by British Council in Canada 1949/50 / Exhib. by American Federation of Arts, Washington, in 9 cities in the U.S.A. 1951 //
Inscription, The child of the Period. / Grandmamma, "Hark, Dorothy! do you hear the Puff. Puff!" / Dorothy, "The Locomotive, I suppose you mean, Grandmamma!" / "Punch" / April 11. 1885 / George du Maurier //
Stamp, U. S. A. / EXIT / G Y W
Label, 463
Inscription, Cat. 362

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
One of the most prominent contributors to Punch, du Maurier was the magazine’s chief observer of fashion and high life. His style was highly literary, and relied on the interplay between image and text for its humour. Here the vertical lines of a receding fence draw the viewer’s attention to a distant train. The precocious and elegantly dressed child in the foreground is represented as being more sophisticated than her grandmother. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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