WHERE SHATTERED MOUNTAINS LIE and THE SOUL’S JOURNEY

The paintings are listed together because they both depict the same mountain range and the general treatment appears similar.

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The two images combined

WHERE SHATTERED MOUNTAINS LIE

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Image: composited from www.artnet.com and Royal Academy Illustrated, 1930.

Sometimes misnamed ‘Where Sheltered Mountains Lie,’ but ‘shattered’ is the word used by the Royal Academy, 1930, and in the 1934 studio sale catalogue.


THE SOUL’S JOURNEY

Copyright Glasgow Museums / Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 1613 x 1003 mm (1.62 m²), unframed.
  • History: exhibited 1923, Manchester Art Gallery (visible in exhibition photo); The Art News (Journal), 12 Apr 1924, “Mrs. Swynnerton … sends [to the Royal Academy], I hear, an allegorical picture of the “Soul’s Journey,” typified by a figure ascending from earth to its spiritual home“; exhibited Royal Academy, 1925 (The Guardian, London, 2 May 1925); “Exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A. Exhibited Manchester 1932(posthumous studio sale catalogue, typographical error for 1923?); auctioned Christie’s, 9 Feb 1934; given to Glasgow Museums by Francis Howard, 1952; also known as “The Soul’s Awakening.”
  • Location: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.

The mountains in the two paintings form a continuum, suggesting that they were painted during the same period, perhaps the early 1920s, in spite of The Soul’s Journey being signed and dated 1930. It is known that Annie would work on pictures over extended periods, meaning years could elapse between original composition and final working.

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Combining the images suggests that the figure in The Soul’s Journey could originally have been more central and the canvas to have been truncated, or that Where Shattered Mountains Lie may similarly have once been a larger work.


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