Perilla signed and dated 'J. W. Godward. 1911.' (upper left) oil on canvas 50 x 40 cm. (19 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
Provenance: Messrs. Eugene Cremetti, London, 24 Feb 1911; Christie's London, 4 Jun 1982,(lot 50, bought in); Christie's London,18 Feb 1983 (lot 103) sold for £1,900; Private collection, Japan; Private collection, Canada.
Literature: Cremetti letter to Godward (24 Feb 1911) Milo-Turner collection. Vern G Swanson, John William Waterhouse, The Eclipse of Classicism, 1997, p.229, no.7, illustrated (and described as location unknown).
Perilla was the daughter of Ovid. She was very fond of poetry and literature and a genus of labiate plants, cultivated on account of their purple foliage, was named after her.