FAITH (JOAN OF ARC). Early 1900s.



illusions-250.jpgThis was painted in the early 1900s – a date of 1904 is sometimes quoted but that is just the latest possible date, it may have been completed earlier. There are similarities to Illusions – the armour, the chain mail, the red drape over the left arm.

The painting is known today as ‘Joan of Arc.’ The Illustrated London News, 23 April 1904, mentions a picture by Annie on display at the New Gallery called ‘Faith,’ “with the strong expression of the face – an expression without the aid of eyes, for they are closed – might also be a Joan of Arc; the head is thrown back, in intense meditation, and the hands rest on the cross of a sword.” Similar comments referring to a picture called ‘Faith’ are made in the Whitchapel Gallery Spring Exhibition catalogue, 1907. I have assumed they both refer to this painting, hence the title used here.

Below is the image with the colours adjusted to try to remove age-related browning.




3 thoughts on “FAITH (JOAN OF ARC). Early 1900s.

  1. This was the painting that started it for me, a good many years now. I can’t remember how I found it, and I certainly didn’t know Annie existed up until that point. I printed it out as a Christmas card for my father, and the search for her other works began at that point!


    1. I don’t think anyone knows where it is. The curator at Manchester called it ‘untraced’ in the exhibition video. One can only hope the publicity of the current exhibition will help it surface, but I won’t hold my breath. Maybe it’ll turn up in Art Jameel gallery (Saudi Arabia) when it open in 2019.


  2. Pingback: Two paintings at auction: ‘A Distant View of the Sabines’ and ‘The Lady in White.’ ‘Joan of Arc’ renamed ‘Faith’. – Annie Louisa Swynnerton (1844-1933)

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