This 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,’ and in Annie’s posthumous studio sale there is an item, lot 157, ‘Study for Joan of Arc.’ However, 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.
- Medium: oil on canvas.
- Dimensions: 790 x 890 mm (0.70 m²).
- History: 1900-1905; exhibited New Gallery, 1904; Whitchapel Art Gallery, 1907; auctioned Sotheby’s, 23 Jun 1981; Christie’s, Rome, 4 Dec 1984; Sotheby’s, 14 Dec 2006, est. £15,000-£20,000, unsold; Sotheby’s, 3 Oct 2007, est. £15,000-£20,000, unsold.
- Location: unknown.