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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR

John William Waterhouse, R.A., R.I.
A YOUNG SAINT
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR

John William Waterhouse, R.A., R.I.
A YOUNG SAINT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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John William Waterhouse, R.A., R.I.
1849-1917
A YOUNG SAINT

Provenance

Roger Chapman & Thomas, by whom sold to 'Newman' 4 October 1937;
Sold by 'Newman', Christie's, London, 17 December 1937, lot 99 to Nathan Mitchell;
Sotheby's, New York, 23 June 1985, lot 39, where purchased by the present owner

Literature

Anthony Hobson, The Art and Life of JW Waterhouse RA 1849-1917, 1980, cat.no.301, p.196

Catalogue Note

This picture has been traditionally known as St Joan but this title does not fit the subject of a nude youth holding a crucifix made from a bull-rush. The earliest recorded use of this title seems to be a sale in 1937, twenty years after the artist's death. It is more likely that the title is a misreading of St John and that the subject is the youth of John the Baptist - the rushes symbolising the River Jordan. Whatever the subject of the painting, it dates from a very early period in the artist's career, probably the early 1870s, perhaps even predating his debut at the Royal Academy summer exhibition in 1874.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London