THROUGH THE ORCHARD

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Enhanced image. The ‘Annie’ of ‘Annie L Robinsonè is very feintly visible.
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Computer-enhanced image to remove age-related browning.

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.”

This painting has also been called The Young Mother, The Little Mother and Thro’ the Orchard. However, both Annie and her husband, Jospeh, refer to it as Through the Orchard in their writings.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 337 x 530 mm (1.8 m²).
  • History: Signed and dated 1883; sold, for £200, 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.

 

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