Joseph Southall (Nottingham 1861-1944)
Joseph Southall (Nottingham 1861-1944)

Portrait of Anna Elizabeth Baker

Joseph Southall (Nottingham 1861-1944)
Portrait of Anna Elizabeth Baker
signed with initials and dated 'JS 1893'
metalpoint corrected with white on prepared paper
15½ x 8½ in. (395 x 216 mm.)
E. Allen.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 12 December 1978, lot 59.
With Christopher Wood Gallery, London, 1980.
Birmingham, City Museum and Art Gallery, and London, Fine Art Society, Joseph Southall, 1861-1944: artist-craftsman, 1980, no. E7.
New York, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, Julius S. Held: Drawings from his collection, 1990, no. 53.

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Baker (1859-1947) was Southall's first cousin and wife, and the couple waited until she was past child bearing age to get married in 1903. This portrait was made a decade before their marriage. According to the 1980 exhibition catalogue, Southall showed the portrait to Sir Edward Burne-Jones who called it 'a beautiful drawing.'

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