Two paintings at auction: ‘A Distant View of the Sabines’ and ‘The Lady in White.’ ‘Joan of Arc’ renamed ‘Faith’.

A NEW ‘ATTRIBUTED’ WORK, a landscape titled ‘Distant View of the Sabines,’ appeared at auction on 11 November and is now included on this website.

A Distant View of the Sabines

The 1934 posthumous studio sale catalogue mentions “Lot 70. A Distant View of the Sabines. 22 x 19½ inches. Exhibited Huddersfield.”  The size given is 20% smaller than that indicated in the 11 December sale catalogue, but other painting sizes given in the old catalogue are often incorrect when compared to known surviving paintings from that sale.

On the reverse the words ‘Swynnerton’ and ‘Distant View of the Sabines’ are written. The name and title being written together strengthens the case of the attribution as that information is unlikely to have been known to previous owners unless genuinely one of Annie’s works. However, being without a firm provenance it has to be ‘attributed,’ but I’m personally confident of Annie as the author.

THE LADY IN WHITE‘ is being auctioned at Christie’s on 11 December. It was formerly sold at auction in 2017, fetching £4,600.

The Lady in White


Upper Gallery … Faith … Mrs. Swynnerton … This is not the kind of faith that believes but “hardly thinks it likely.” It is the faith that brings calm and peace in the mind. The setting sun irradiates the face and shining armour of the figure; in her hands she holds the sword of truth, with the blades against her fingers, confident it will not hurt her; the background falls into shadow with the approach of night.

Joan of ArcThis is the second reference contemporary with the painting that names it ‘Faith’ and not ‘Joan of Arc’ that I have come across (the latter name being the one it is commonly known by today), so I have renamed the painting ‘Faith’ on this website. This places it more in line with works such as ‘New Risen Hope‘ and ‘Illusions‘ with their metaphorical, symbolist titles.

There’s a possibility, of course, that the Whitchapel catalogue might be referring to some other version of the painting, but without contradicting evidence I’ll assume there was only ever one completed and exhibited Faith/Joan of Arc picture.

Jonathan Russell

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