Illusions (c. 1902).

Illusions - frame

Around the time that Swynnerton painted her now untraced work Faith (AKA Joan of Arc, early 1900s) she depicted other anonymous symbolic female figures of various ages wearing armour.  (Information from notice by the painting in Manchester Art Gallery in the 2018 Painting Light and Hope exhibition of Annie’s works.)

Illusions (adjusted)

Illusions - face

Illusions - mail

Illusions - her right hand

Illusions - her left hand & wingIllusions - drape

As with the Faith (AKA Joan of Arc) painting, in the image below I’ve computer-adjusted the colours to remove the browning that occurs with age and show the picture as it may have originally appeared.


Photos: Jonathan Russell.



Faith (AKA Joan of Arc, early 1900s).

Joan of Arc

Illusions (thumbnail)This was painted in the early 1900s – a date of 1904 is sometimes quoted but that is just the latest possible date, it may have been completed earlier. It has similarities to Illusions – the armour, the chain mail, the red drape over the left arm.

The painting is known today as ‘Joan of Arc.’ However, the Illustrated London News, 23 April 1904, mentions a picture by Annie on display at the New Gallery called ‘Faith,’ “with the strong expression of the face – an expression without the aid of eyes, for they are closed – might also be a Joan of Arc; the head is thrown back, in intense meditation, and the hands rest on the cross of a sword.” Similar comments, again referring to a picture called ‘Faith’ are made in the Whitchapel Gallery Spring Exhibition catalogue, 1907. I have assumed they both refer to this painting, hence the title given here.

Below is the image with the colours adjusted to try to remove aging and browning.

Joan of Arc - adjusted