N01901 THE FLOWER GIRL 1900
Inscr. ‘J. J. Shannon’ b.r.
Canvas, 33×26 (84×67·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1901.
Exh: R.A., 1901 (274); R.A., Late Members, winter 1928 (45).
Lit: F. Rinder, ‘J.J. Shannon, A.R.A.’ in Art Journal, 1901, p.44, repr. p.42; Kitty Shannon, For My Children, 1933, p.104, repr. facing p.137.
Painted while the artist and his family were on holiday at Eastbourne in 1900. The woman was a flower girl whom they met regularly every morning on their way down to the beach; she consented to sit to Shannon in her ordinary working clothes and is shown nursing her baby. The artist's daughter Kitty (op. cit.) recalls that her father told the flower girl to come ‘exactly as you are, baby, basket of flowers, the white blouse with the big black spots and old battered straw hat’.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II