E. H. Holton - Mrs. Asquith's Party, 1921

E. H. Holton (active Boston, 1920s)

Mrs. Asquith's Party with Mrs. Charles B. Loring, Mrs. Ronald Lyman, Mrs. William James, Jr. [Alice Runnells] and Mrs. Charles Hopkinson, 1921

Gelatin silver print, 12.7 x 9.1 cm (5 x 3 9/16 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

ARC.003941

Provenance

Photograph arranged by Miss Frances G. Curtis for Isabella Stewart Gardner.
Probably a gift from Alice Runnells James (1884-1957) to Isabella Stewart Gardner.

Marks

Signed and dated in pencil (lower right): Holton 1921
Inscribed in pencil (verso, top): Mrs. Asquith's party


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Commentary

This group portrait depicts novelist Henry James’s niece, Alice, in the company of three other costumed women. An inscription on the photograph refers to Margot Asquith, the wife of Prime Minister H.H. Asquith, whose notorious autobiographical writing was recommended to Isabella Stewart Gardner. The photograph was arranged for Isabella Stewart Gardner’s amusement and appears to depict Alice and friends as characters from Mrs. Asquith’s autobiography.

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