Catalogue entry

Inscr. ‘Arthur Hacker 92.’ b.r.
Canvas, 91×49 1/2 (231×126).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1892.
Exh: R.A., 1892 (901).
Lit: George Moore, Modern Painting, 1898, pp.125–6; Rose G. Kingsley, ‘The Annunciation’ in Art Journal, 1901, p.8, etching repr. facing p.9.
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1892, p.122; Sir Edward J. Poynter, The National Gallery, 111, 1900, p.105; Famous Pictures of the World, n.d. (in colour).

Rose Kingsley (loc. cit.) sees in this a movement towards the ideal, as a reaction against terre-à-terre realism, and links the artist with Puvis de Chavannes, Gustave Moreau and Dagnan-Bouveret, among others. ‘It is the “beyond” in one form or another that each is striving for in his own way, according to his personal temperament.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I