© National Portrait Gallery, London
by George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier Click on the links below to find out more
watercolour, circa 1881
12 in. x 9 in. (305 mm x 229 mm)
Given by the artist's son, Sir Gerald Du Maurier, 1934
- Alfred Ainger (1837-1904), Writer, humorist and divine. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Ainger and Du Maurier were close friends and near neighbours in Hampstead, becoming familiar figures on their regular walks together on the Heath. The portrait was executed in Du Maurier's Hampstead home, New Grove House.
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