- Presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932
- 293 x 276 x 197mm
Charles Kidson used his two-year-old daughter, Elsa, as the model for this work. It was one of the most admired works in the Canterbury Society of Arts’ Annual Exhibition in 1907. Kidson carved it in an academic realist style, using a range of different surface textures to convey the qualities of the young girl’s smooth skin, the bonnet and the embroidered edging on her dress. The special qualities of the white marble enabled it to be carved and smoothed to such fine detail. Born in the English Midlands, Kidson began night classes at the Birmingham School of Art while working in an engineering firm as a turner. In 1887 he gained an Art Teacher’s Certificate and the next year he emigrated to New Zealand. In 1891 he attended classes at the Canterbury College School of Art and also began teaching there as an assistant master. Kidson made, studied, and taught art for the rest of his career.