WAG 2251


Kittie was the nickname of Ellen Ellis, the step-daughter of Thomas Chappell, of the famous London firm of music publishers and piano manufacturers. Chappell commissioned several portraits of his family from Sandys. Sandys was a specialist in coloured chalk portraits, beautifully drawn with crisp clarity. Kittie is fashionably dressed in brown. She holds a fan and fondles the ear of her pug puppy. Behind is a decorative backdrop of oleander leaves.