In May 2021, we were delighted to present a superb work by John William Godward entitled 'Poppies' - one of the highlights that led our two-day Five Centuries sale. After spirited bidding between determined bidders, this wonderful piece realised £447,000 incl premium.
A loyal follower of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and similarly inspired by classical civilization, particularly Ancient Rome, Godward's works depict elegant women in classical dress, lounging against architectural features. His paintings are characterised by exquisite and meticulous detail.
In the offered work, Godward beautifully renders the cool, smooth marble framing the figure in marked contrast to the soft fabric folds of her gown while behind her a verdant expanse of overlapping lavender and red poppies unfold before further architectural columns and sculpture appear. The scene is a vision of sumptuousness and beauty, meticulous depicted by a talented hand.