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Balcony scene in a classical setting. A young woman lies stretched out on a marble balcony seat, facing the left of the picture. She lies on her front, on a tiger skin rug, propping her head up with her right arm, a black feather fan with an elaborate handle in her left hand, hanging down the side of the seat. She is dressed in a salmon pink dress with yellow patterned fabric wrapped around her middle, and a blue sash securing the loose dress fabric. Her dark, thick hair is pinned at the back of her head. The ends of the balcony walls are decorated with stone heads of gods. A mature tree grows next to the balcony on the far left, the tops of trees showing above the balcony wall on the right. The sea is visible in the background, with coastline in the distance, below a bright blue sky.

Manchester Art Gallery







oil on canvas


H 46 x W 91.5 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Mr James Thomas Blair, 1917

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Inscription description

Signed on the base of the seat, br : J.W.GODWARD. 1900


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