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Little Red Riding Hood (Miss Eulalie Hockaday)

This full-length portrait depicts a young girl in the guise of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood posed pausing on a winding path in a woods. As she looks directly out at the viewer, a wolf in the middle ground near the center of the left edge of the composition gazes at her. The girl is dressed in a short red hooded cap, which she clutches with her proper left hand at the neck, over a blue dress. White bloomers peek from below the hem of her knee-length dress and are worn over her red-and-white striped stockings. Her face is framed with dark brown ringlets. In her proper right hand, she carries a bundle wrapped in a light-colored cloth-presumably the treats Little Red Riding Hood ventured into the woods to deliver to her grandmother before encountering the Big Bad Wolf in her grandmother's bed.

Given in honor of Hugh and Eulalie Zimmer by their grandchildren

1878-1879
Oil on canvas
49.5 x 37.5 x 2.5 in
2020.10
Image and text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023

Where you'll find this

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Permanent collection