Object: In fancy dress
This image has All Rights Reserved.
Please follow the Buy or license link under each image to apply to use this image. (Charges may apply)
Why you need to apply for the use of this image
Rights for this work may be:
- controlled by the artist, the artist's estate, or other rights holders; or
- unclear - Te Papa will do a more detailed analysis of the work’s rights history; or
- covered by Te Papa’s Mana Taonga principle which supports the rights of holders of traditional knowledge to determine how the image may be used.
You need to make sure you don’t infringe on the rights of third parties before you use this image. Our image request process helps with this. Te Papa does not authorise the use of this image beyond the uses allowed by the “fair dealing” provisions of the New Zealand Copyright Act, 1994.
More information about copyright
We recommend these resources for more information:
- Copyright in NZ - Ministry of Economic Development
- Copyright guidelines and resource - Lianza
- Enabling use and re-use - Digital NZ
Find more information about Te Papa's rights project on our blog, including how rights types are assigned.
Get in touch
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- if you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, or
- if you wish to contact the rights holder for this work. We will assist where we can.
|Title||In fancy dress|
Richardson, H Linley (artist), circa 1930, Palmerston North
|Medium summary||oil on canvas|
|Materials||oil paint, canvas|
x 1105mm (Width)
Sight: 870mm (Height) x 1100mm (Width)
Frame: 1090mm (Height) x 1320mm (Width) x 80mm (Depth)
|Credit line||Purchased 1948|
In its absence of religious content, H. Linley Richardson’s painting, In Fancy Dress, takes us closer to the spirit of Christmases that most of us experience today. That said, its period elegance, evocative of the Noel Coward era, pre-dates the lifespans of anyone but the very elderly. We meet the artist, immaculate in white tie, and his three daughters clad in shimmering silk dresses, assembled for a special occasion. But what it was we do not know. The life-sized scale, static poses and strangely unanimated expressions of the figures only heighten the enigma. Cynthia, the youngest daughter, wears wings and bears a silver-starred wand. She is a living version of the fairy at the top of the Christmas tree, while her face has an endearingly pudding-like shape. Although Richardson’s biographer, Jane Vial, plays down the Christmas aspects, when it was bought by the National Art Gallery, forerunner of Te Papa, soon after Richardson’s death, the painting went under the title of Party, Christmas Eve. Yet it would be pushing it to claim that the Richardsons are having a merry Christmas!
Results from DigitalNZ
Disclaimer: This information was created from historic documentation, and may not necessarily reflect the best available knowledge about the item. Some collection images are created for identification purposes only and may not be of reproduction quality. Some images are not available due to copyright restrictions. If you have information or questions about objects in the collection, contact us using our enquiry form. You can also find out more about Collections Online.