On the Balcony

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Scene in a classical setting depicting three young women on a verandah with a heavy marble seat, overlooking the sea in the background. The seat is covered with a large tiger skin on which one of the women sits. She is wearing a white dress, with yellow fabric wrapped around her middle, and a yellow band in her hair. She leans back against the exterior wall of the building on the left, a ball of wool in her hand, which she is winding with the second woman who sits to the right. Her companion is seated on the arm of the seat, which is carved to resemble a lion foot, in a salmon pink dress secured with a blue sash and yellow printed fabric around her waist. She winds the wool between her hands, her feet resting on the tiger skin. The third woman is standing on the left, leaning back against the wall, in a blue dress underneath gold fabric fastened at her shoulder and a red band in her hair.

Manchester Art Gallery



On the Balcony




oil on canvas


H 50.5 x W 76 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Mr James Thomas Blair, 1917

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Inscription description

Signed tlc: J.W GODWARD. 1898.


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