The European Art Sale Part I

The European Art Sale Part I

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John William Godward

Happy Hours

Auction Closed

January 27, 10:47 PM GMT


150,000 - 250,000 USD

Lot Details


John William Godward


1861 - 1922

Happy Hours

signed and dated: J. W. Godward/ 1911 (upper right)

oil on canvas

canvas: 20 by 15 7/8 in.; 50.8 by 40.3 cm

framed: 29 by 25 in.; 73.6 by 63.5 cm

We would like to thank Vern G Swanson for confirming the authenticity of this work.

Messrs. Eugene Cremetti, London, 1911
Messrs Percy Polak Ltd., London, August 1948
Vern G. Swanson, JW Godward 1861-1922: The Eclipse of Classicism, 1997, p.248.
Vern G. Swanson, JW Godward 1861-1922: The Eclipse of Classicism, 2018, p.323.
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 portrait of a young woman in profile attests to the artist's enduring interest in classical ideals of costume and comportment. The swathe of red fabric positioned behind--as opposed to Godward's usual penchant for variegated marble--helps to accentuate the figure's features and the mimetic qualities of her pleated-silk dress (made of the fashionable Fortuny silk), fastened at the shoulder with a golden clasp.