John William Godward

British, 1861 - 1922

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The Betrothed  by John William Godward
The Betrothed
The Bouquet  by John William Godward
The Bouquet
The Delphic Oracle  by John William Godward
The Delphic Oracle
The Favourite  by John William Godward
The Favourite
The Flowers of Venus  by John William Godward
The Flowers of Venus
The Fruit Vendor  by John William Godward
The Fruit Vendor
The Jewel Casket  by John William Godward
The Jewel Casket
The Mirror  by John William Godward
The Mirror
The Necklace  by John William Godward
The Necklace
The Peacock Fan  by John William Godward
The Peacock Fan
The Playground  by John William Godward
The Playground
The Seamstress  by John William Godward
The Seamstress
The Signal  by John William Godward
The Signal
The Tambourine Girl  by John William Godward
The Tambourine Girl
The Tambourine Girl  by John William Godward
The Tambourine Girl
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BIOGRAPHY

John William Godward was one of the best of the followers of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. (Alma-Tadema's followers are now known as 'The Marble School'). Godward devoted his whole life to painting girls in classical robes, usually posing decoratively on a marble terrace. Unlike many of Alma-Tadema's followers, Godward painted well and at his best was almost as good as, if not sometimes better than, Alma-Tadema.

Unfortunately, he had come into an area of painting that was already overcrowded with artists who were striving to find new variations on a theme that was overworked by the turn of the century.

By the 1920s most Victorian paintings had become a subject of mockery, and none more so than the neo-classical subjects. Godward was unable to change his style of painting and when, he found himself unable to sell his paintings, he committed suicide by putting his head in a gas oven. His family were so ashamed of Godward and his suicide that they destroyed almost all of his papers and photographs. Not one photograph of him survives.

Godward exhibited 19 pictures at the Royal Academy between 1886 and 1916 and he lived for some time in Chelsea, London.

Today, Godward's paintings are sought after by collectors. In 1995, 'Dolce Far Niente' was sold at auction for $567,000.

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In the Days of Sappho, John William Godward
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An Offering to Venus, John William Godward
Prints on Canvas  
Crytilla, John William Godward
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Dancing Girl, John William Godward
Restrike Etchings  

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