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Studies for Composition of "Beauty Receiving the White Rose" by Joseph Edward Southall


 

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A pencil sketch for Joseph Southall's largest easel painting, Beauty Receiving the White Rose from her Father, in tempera on canvas (c. 1898) now in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The folk tale of Beauty and the Beast formed the subject matter of a number of Southall's works. Here he shows the Beauty dramatically isolated in the centre of the composition, whilst a male figure, her Father, presents a rose to her.
This study demonstrates how Southall would alter or improve a design by gluing one sheet of paper on top of another. The composition as shown on the bottom sheet is very similar to the middle sheet and only depicts the scene to the left of the white rose around which the composition pivots. The middle sheet has Beauty's father with a long beard, kneeling on the chest and looking in anguish to the viewer. The top sheet is closer to the composition of the final easel painting work.
Artist:Joseph Edward Southall
Artwork type:drawing
Material:pencil on paper
Measurements:324 x 242 mm
Technique:drawing
Date:1897
Location:BIAD School of Art Archive
Culture:English
Rights owner:BIAD have been unable to trace the copyright owner in this work. The Keeper of Archives would be glad to receive any information concerning ownership of rights in this work. We regret that this image is provided for reference only & reproductions cannot be supplied. For more information please contact the Keeper of Archives at BIAD.
Rights status:The copyright of the artwork is owned by a private individual. The copyright of this digital image is owned by BIAD. We regret that this image is provided for reference only and reproductions cannot be supplied. For more information please contact the Keeper of Archives at BIAD
Institution:Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

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