John William Godward


Auction Closed

January 27, 10:47 PM GMT


250,000 - 350,000 USD

Lot Details


John William Godward


1861 - 1922


oil on canvas

canvas: 20 by 16 in.; 50.8 by 40.6 cm

framed: 30 by 26 in.; 76.2 by 66 cm

We would like to thank Vern Swanson for confirming the authenticity of this work and for contributing to the catalogue entry. 

Messrs. Eugene Cremetti, London
Messrs. Percy Polak Ltd., London, August 1948

Vern G. Swanson, J.W. Godward 1861-1922: The Eclipse of Classicism, 1997, p. 247.
Vern G. Swanson, J.W. Godward 1861-1922: The Eclipse of Classicism, 2018, p. 322.
John William Godward, a painter known for his Pre-Raphaelite and Neo-Classicist style, was born in the Wimbledon district of London, United Kingdom, in 1861.

This demure portrait of a woman in Grecian-inspired dress exemplifies the artist's ability to accurately paint various textures, from fabric to stone. Posed before a crème-colored variegated marble wall, she wears a pink dress with green ribbon and pearl fibulae buttons to hold her golden tunic. The entire composition is harmoniously calibrated such that the colors of her costume match the rosy warmth of her complexion and the striated coolness of the marble behind her.