Sketch for Amaryllis, 1903
Oil on board; monogrammed and dated 1903
7 x 9 inches
Vern Swanson, JW Godward: The Eclipse of Classicism, 2018, no 1903.1, ill p 286
When the finished painting was published as a chromolithographic print by Pears Annual in 1906, the magazine described it as a ‘Greek classical subject. A fair-haired maiden, daintily robed in diaphanous warm- hued draperies, and holding in her left hand a capacious fan of peacocks’ feathers, reclines on a deep marble seat, over which tiger skin has been carelessly thrown. The face is full of radiance, the expression being one of sweet content and happy thoughts. A cluster of waving poppies nestles close to the seat, and in the middle distance beyond. Beauty, grace, and splendour, nature, and art, mingle in an atmosphere of poetry, the whole constituting an exquisite example of classical treatment.’
Several drawings for this oil are in the collection of the Milo-Turner family, the artist’s descendants. The name Amaryllis was that of a shepherdess, a pretty girl unburdened by education, in the pastorals of Theocritus and Virgil.