'Lost in Reverie' - Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, later Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976), aged 4
Douglas John Connah (New York 1871 - 1941)
Agatha Christie's father, the wealthy stockbroker, Frederick Alvah Miller was American and the New York-born portraitist, Douglas John Connah was a friend or possibly even a relation of Christie's American grandparents. Connah was the pupil of the American impressionist painter, William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). The portrait was most likely painted in England and is thought to be the work exhibited by Connah at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1894 under the title 'Lost in Reverie'.
Oil painting on canvas, Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, later Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976), aged 4 by Douglas John Connah (New York 1871 - 1941), signed upper right; Douglas Connah '94. A full-length seated portrait, of Agatha Christie, as a young girl, in a wing chair, holding her doll. Could have been the painting called 'Lost in Reverie' exhibited by the artist at the Royal Academy in 1894.
Given by Mrs Rosalind Hicks, Anthony Hicks and Mathew Prichard, 2006
Greenway, The Prichard/Hicks Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: upper right: Douglas Connah ‘94 Verso: label on the reverse: “Portrait” / Douglas Connah / Address c/o Messrs Reeves, 19 Lower Phillmore Place, Kensington. Also inscribed in pencil on the stretcher: “Agatha Clarissa Miller aged 4 years 1894”
Makers and roles
Douglas John Connah (New York 1871 - 1941), artist