Dear Father Christmas

Frank Denton, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in circa 1907.
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About the Work
This image shows Frank's 3 daughters: his oldest Mary writing the letter with the twins Marjorie and Dulcie watching her. According to Beth Drummond, Frank Denton's grand-daughter, the daughter of Marjorie, this image was highly constructed by Frank. Everything including the positioning of the girls and the placement of the inkwell and walnut shells would have directed by Frank for the resultant image.
507 x 406 mm
black & white photograph
Three girls gathered around a writing table and a letter, one writing with a pen and ink, empty walnut shells scattered on the desk.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Mary Powell, Marjorie Marshall and Harold Denton, 1965.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
28 May 1965



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