since about Victorian times (roughly 1837 on)+ photographs
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.