About this artwork

This tender study of the vulnerability and brevity of childhood, symbolised by the contrasting posies of spring flowers, is thought to be a portrait of the artist’s daughter in 1881 at the age of three. Fifty years later the sitter decided to waive her right to keep the picture during her lifetime and presented it to the Gallery in accordance with her father’s wishes. In 1884 Cameron had exhibited this portrait of ‘Grettie’ (presumably a pet name for Margaret) at the Royal Academy.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Buttercups and Daisies
  • date created:
    1881
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    68.00 x 47.60 cm (framed: 100.90 x 80.0 x 11.40 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Miss M Kerr Cameron 1931
  • accession number:
    NG 1763
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Hugh Cameron

Hugh Cameron