NEW-RISEN HOPE had wings and was part of a group, evidence suggests.

THE VERSION OF NEW-RISEN HOPE held by the Tate was acquired by the gallery in 1924. There is a reference to the purchase in The Art News, 1 March 1924:

hope-tate-canvas-WMTATE AGAIN BUYS A SWYNNERTON WORK … The Tate Gallery has bought a second example of the work of our one woman Academician, Mrs. Swynnerton, who, at the age of eighty, is painting with as much grip and mastery as ever. The picture, which is named ‘The New-risen Hope,’ is a study of a child rising out of a cloud of mist, and in the foreground are children drawn from the daughters of Lord Crawford.* The purchase was made through the Chantry Bequest.

[* David Lindsey (1871-1940), 27th Earl of Crawford, Conservative politician, Chancellor of the University of Manchester between 1923 and 1940 and a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. He had two sons and six daughters.]

A note on a Tate Gallery web page for the picture also states:

This work appears to have been painted on a much larger piece of canvas from which it has been cut and then paste lined onto a linen lining canvas to allow stretching. This may well have been done at the instigation of the artist. Ruled lines are visible beneath the paint indicating the cutting line or picture area proposed. There appears to be marked later paint applications which may have been done after the lining.

… high density paint (lead white) might indicate wings to the right and left of the figure … visible to the naked eye as brush mark texture showing through final paint …

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The form of a possible wing just visible.

It would appear from these texts that there is evidence the painting was larger and, if the 1924 article is correct, included other figures.

The suggestion that the child in this painting (dated 1904) originaly had wings is fascinating, making it another of Annie’s winged figures, along with The Sense of Sight (1895), St. Martin’s Summer (1898 or earlier), Illusions (1902 or earlier) and the figure in the 1931 photograph.

Various sources have different names for the painting, New Risen Hope, New-risen Hope, Risen Hope, Hope, or The New-risen Hope as above. This web site uses ‘New-risen Hope’ as it is often used elsewhere and is the more grammatically correct.


 

 

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