John William Godward, RBA (British, 1861-1922) Stesicrate
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John William Godward, RBA
(British, 1861-1922)
£ 60,000 - 80,000
US$ 83,000 - 110,000

Lot Details
John William Godward, RBA (British, 1861-1922)
signed and dated 'J.W.GODWARD./1914.' (upper right); signed, inscribed and dated '"STESICRATE"/J.W.GODWARD./ROME. 1914.' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
50 x 40.5cm (19 11/16 x 15 15/16in).


  • We are grateful to Dr. Vern Swanson for his assistance in cataloguing this lot, which will be included in his forthcoming John William Godward catalogue raisonné currently in preparation.

    Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 9 December 1998, lot 235.
    Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 4 November 1999, lot 153.
    Private collection, UK.

    One of the most sensitive of Godward's bust-length portraits of classical women, Stesicrate radiates a quiet beauty. The background marble is tenderly coloured and veined, with a band of carved fretwork across it. The muted complimentary hues of her turquoise tunic and deep maroon toga tightly drawn around her, gives ample contrast to the setting. The black-haired beauty's down-cast eyes give subtle emotional thrust to the composition. In all, the present lot is a faultless example of Godward's perfect pitch in value, colour and sentiment.
Auction information

Following on from a very strong 2017 which included our most successful sale ever, we are now inviting consignments for our March 14 auction, closing for entries on the 26 January. Among the works already consigned are important paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Henri Fantin-Latour, John William Godward, John Atkinson Grimshaw, Dame Laura Knight and Edward Seago. Please contact the department for further information.

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