Photos: Jonathan Russell.
From the catalogue to the Woman’s Exhibition, 1900, Earl’s Court, London, pp16-17:
“The many pictures and sketches by which [Mrs. Swynnerton] is represented are distinguished by a masculine largeness that is rarely to be noted in a woman’s work. She has almost a sculptor’s sense of mass and love of ample form, and she uses colour with a decorator’s idea of balance and distribution. At the same time she paints with feeling and with true poetry, so that everything she produces has an interest to the thinker as well as to the seeker for technical quality. She has sent here things done at various periods of her career, and the growth of her professional understanding can, therefore, be followed with some closeness. Between her rustic study, “Thro’ the Orchard,” and her finely conceived and painted “Panae” there is a marked difference, a change of view and style that argues a vast amount of concentration and devotion to the pursuit of a worthy ideal.”
At it’s first known exhibition, Melbourne, 1887, it is titled “Thro’ the Orchard” in the catalogue, so that is the title used here. Different sources have ‘Thro’ the Orchard,’ ‘Through the Orchard’ (including in letters between the Swynnertons and Hugh Lane regarding the painting) or ‘The Young Mother,’ the latter being the title currently used by Dublin City Gallery.
- Media: oil on canvas.
- Dimensions: 337 x 530 mm (1.8 m²).
- History: Signed and dated 1883; exhibited Grosvenor Gallery Intercolonial Exhibition, Melbourne Public Library, 27 October 1887 (exhibition lasting approx. two months); exhibited Women’s Exhibition, Earl’s Court, London, 1900, sold to Hugh Lane, the delivery being discussed Nov 1907 and in his possession 1908; Lane Gift to Dublin City Gallery, 1912; exhibited Manchester Art Gallery, 23 Feb 2018 to 6 Jan 2019.
- Location: Dublin City Gallery.