Lot 38
  • 38

Joseph Edward Southall, R.W.S., R.B.S.A., N.E.A.C.

30,000 - 50,000 GBP
37,500 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Joseph Edward Southall, R.W.S., R.B.S.A., N.E.A.C.
  • Ariadne in Naxos
  • signed with initials and dated 1925 l.l.
  • oil on canvas


The Fine Art Society, London;
Miss Enid Allen;
Christie's, London, 10 November 1988, lot 99, where purchased by the family of the present owners


Birmingham, Ruskin Gallery, Joseph Southall, 1927, no.2;
Birmingham, Royal Society of British Artists, 1933, no.84;
Birmingham, City Museum & Art Gallery, Joseph Southall, 1980, no.B11(ii), with tour to The Fine Art Society, London

Catalogue Note

Ariadne in Naxos, a version of Southall's painting by the same title in the collection of Birmingham City Art Gallery, was painted the same year but in oil rather than tempera. It was a subject favoured by Southall and the oil version hung in the artist's home until his wife's death in 1947. The pictures depict the Minoan Princess Ariadne on the island of Naxos watching her lover Theseus depart in his ship - a subject favoured by late Victorian painters.