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The Hammock

Edward Killingworth Johnson (1825-1896)


Signed and dated 1882

Watercolour with bodycolour

17 x 20 inches

The Hammock, painted during a period of rural contentment after Johnson moved to his family seat in Essex, likely depicts the artist’s red-haired wife, Hannah, who frequently modelled for both his paintings and photographs. The picture hints at Johnson’s Pre-Raphaelite influences, Edward Burne-Jones and Lawrence Alma-Tadema being at the time friends, correspondents and fellow members of the Society of Painters in Water Colours. The Hammock was well received when it was exhibited in 1881, and has been reproduced many times since then as a fine example of the rural Victorian idyll.

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