Joanna Mary Wells
Portrait of Sidney Wells 1859

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Joanna Mary Wells 1831–1861
Portrait of Sidney Wells
Date 1859
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 276 x 251 mm
frame: 437 x 413 x 62 mm
Acquisition Presented by Anne Christopherson 1996 to celebrate the Tate Gallery Centenary 1997
Not on display

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Joanna Mary Wells painted this portrait of her second child, Sidney, while he was still less than a year old. Such a young baby must have been impossible to keep still, which probably explains the difficulty she experienced in seizing a likeness.This has been interpreted as a highly personal work, possibly because of its small icon-like format. It also became a very poignant image after the early deaths of both Sidney and Joanna Mary Wells.

July 2007

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