Sunday, June 19, 2011

John William Godward -

signed and dated 'J. W. Godward. 1912' (lower left)
oil on canvas, circular
39½ in. (100.4 cm.) diameter

Painted in Rome in the Villa Strohl-Fern, a group of artists' studios to where Godward had absconded in 1911 to live with his model, thus scandalising his family. The model, possibly the 'Dolcissima' that Russell Flint met when he visited Godward, featured in many of Godward's other works of that date.

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