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Dolly, daughter of Hammond Clegg Esq.

oil on canvas
98.0 × 76.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
inscribed in green paint l.r.: E Phillips Fox / July (…illeg.)
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Brian Shaw QC, 2013
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 6
Level 2, NGV Australia

E. Phillips Fox was a favourite portraitist of Melbourne’s wealthy upper middle classes and renowned as an excellent painter of children. Dolly, the eldest daughter of William Hammond Clegg, a successful Toorak stockbroker, was aged around six when this commission was painted. Depicted lost in thought, Dolly is the quintessential picture of angelic Victorian innocence. Fox has taken great care to render the detail of her clothing, showing her ‘best dress’ of pale blue crepôn with a wide lace collar and cream satin sash.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)