A beauty inscribed 'TO S GREEN/FROM/J.W.GODWARD' (upper left) oil on canvas 51 x 40.5cm (20 1/16 x 15 15/16in). unframed
PROVENANCE: Private collection, UK
This rare picture depicts a sultry dark headed Italian model, in full face and shoulders, in a contemporary white dress. While the face is worked out, the background-which normally would be of marble-is painted flat. The picture was probably not fully finished because it was a gift. The recipient, 'S. Green' remains a mystery; the name does not appear in any Godward references.
We are grateful to Vern Swanson for his assistance in cataloguing this lot. The work will appear in Dr. Swanson's forthcoming revised edition of his book on J. W. Godward.