Not on display
- Joanna Mary Wells 1831–1861
- Oil paint on canvas
- Unconfirmed: 276 x 251 mm
frame: 437 x 413 x 62 mm
- Presented by Anne Christopherson 1996 to celebrate the Tate Gallery Centenary 1997
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.
Gallery label, July 2007
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