About this object

Greenaway had an international reputation as an illustrator of children’s books. She also painted watercolours of children similar to those featured in her illustrations.

First seen at London’s Royal Academy in 1879, 'Misses' shows two elaborately dressed young girls prepared to go out on a winter’s day. The style of their dress would have seemed old fashioned to the Victorian audience. Long fur lined coats and bonnets were a style from the early 19th century. Images like this often induced a sense of nostalgia. The Victorians felt their society had changed quickly and they enjoyed being reminded of the recent past.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Kate Greenaway (British: English, born:1846-03-17, died:1901-11-06)
  • Date
    1879 first exhibited
  • Materials
    Paper; Watercolour
  • Measurements
    paper: 50.2 cm x 36.2 cm
  • Physical description
    Two girls standing in front of a fence, wearing fur lined coats, hat and bonnet, and hand muffs. The girl on the left wears light blue and the girl on the right wears green.
  • Related people
    Kate Greenaway (Artist/maker); Harold E Young (Previous owner); Henry S Young (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 883
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Harold E Young on behalf of Henry S Young in 1932
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Harold E Young

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: by descent
    Owned until: 1932
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Henry S Young

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: by descent

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: K.G.
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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