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Faces in the Fire

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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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





oil on canvas


H 46.5 x W 67.5 cm

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Presented by the Friends of the Ashmolean, 1991

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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH England

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