3 June 1999
George William Joy (1844-1925)
Truth - 'A little child having lowered her bucket into an old and disused well was surprised to see therein standing the very goddess of truth herself who having shewn her face in a glass and filled her bucket with sweet water from her well, straightaway vanished.'
inscribed 'Truth and a little child/by George W. Joy/The Red Lodge/Palace Court Bayswater' (on an old label on the reverse)
oil on canvas
102 x 38 in. (259.1 x 97.2 cm.)
Berlin National Gallery; Christie's London, 24 October 1980, lot 51.
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H. Blackburn, Royal Academy Notes, 1893, p.71, illustrated.
London, Royal Academy, 1893, no. 248
Berlin, International Kunst Ausstellung, 1896 (from where purchased by the National Gallery, Inv. no. A.I. 688)
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