Images: donated by owner and reproduced with permission.
- Date: unknown, but possibly c. 1920 by similarity to Flowers in a meadow, which itself probably shortly predates the Equestrian portrait of Lady Mercy Greville).
- Medium: oil on canvas.
- Dimensions: 470 x 735 mm (0.35 m²).
- History: the name “Annie Swynnerton” is written on the back of the frame (does not appear to be Annie’s own handwriting); no evidence trail for attribution, but relates to an image visible in a 1923 exhibition photo (see below); bought 1995 by current owner in Snape, Suffolk.
- Location: private collection.
The painting may have been owned by famed horticulultarist, suffrage campaigner and relative of women’s rights champion Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Fanny Rollo Wilkinson (1855-1951). Many of Annie’s paintings were owned by people involved in the suffrage campaign, often later being donated to public galleries. Fanny donated two paintings, The Dreamer and The Olive Gatherers, to Manchester Art Gallery in 1936, so evidently had paintings by Annie in her possession. In her later years, Fanny lived in Snape, Suffolk, where the current owner bought the picture in 1995. While only circumstancial, it could well be that the picture was in Fanny’s possession at the time of her death, thereafter remained in the village, eventually finding its way into the shop where the current owner bought it in 1995.
Visible at the bottom right-hand corner in a photo taken at the 1923 exhibition of Annie’s works.
The light area at the bottom left of the black-and-white image is a blemish on the original photograph, not part of the painting. The current frame also appears to also be the same as in the 1923 photo.