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Rare painting found
WHO wouldn’t wish their mother had bought this painting for £100 55 years ago?
The last time this major Edwardian picture went under the hammer at Christies in London in 1937 it made just under £70.
Now it is likely to fetch £200,000 for its Somerset owner.
The 1909 picture, by the celebrated but tragic artist John William Godward (1861-1922) is called ‘Summer Idleness: Day Dreams’.
Scholars only knew of the picture from a 1910 print but now the painting on canvas, measuring, 20 x 30 ins is likely to make £150,000-200,000 when it comes up for sale at Lawrences in Crewkerne on October 12.
Lawrences’ specialist, Richard Kay says it is a wonderful find.
“The owners knew that they owned a fine picture but had no idea that its whereabouts had been unknown for well over half a century.”
“Godward dismayed his middle class London family by pursuing a career in art rather than a more traditional profession," explains Richard.
“Godward further disgusted his parents by living with one of his alluring models and then, as the real world failed to match his own idealised artistic vision of it, he took his own life in 1922.”
Horrified yet again by such a scandalous death, Godward’s family cut his face out of all family photographs and then destroyed all his papers in disgust.