St. Martin’s Summer.

A visitor to the National Gallery of Canada kindly forwarded me a black-and-white image of St. Martin’s Summer from the gallery’s ‘curatorial files.’ I’m uncertain about how happy or not the gallery would be to have the image reproduced online, so, in order to give an idea of the work, I have published a pixelized version which I hope is satisfactory.

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The work is seen to be another of Annie’s strong, winged female figures. A rainbow (the curved, diffuse, pale line in the bottom right quarter of the picture) arcs behind the wing to the left of the figure.

Similar rainbows occur in Mater Triumphalis (1892), Joan of Arc (1900-1905), New Risen Hope (Melbourne, 1904) and Oreads (1907).

The gallery does intend, eventually, for an image of every work in their collection to be available online, but there are many works in storage so that will take a long time.


Jonathan Russell

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