Joseph Edward Southall(1861-1944), Artist and craftsman
Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Southall’s main body of work comprises highly crafted paintings of mythological and romantic subjects, though he was also an outstanding portrait and landscape artist. A visit to Italy in 1883 proved critical, the influence of early Italian painting determining Southall to work in egg tempera. His drawings from the trip were admired by John Ruskin who ‘said he had never seen architecture better drawn’. Although he lived mostly in Birmingham, Southall exhibited internationally in his lifetime, notably in a successful solo show at the Galerie George Petit in Paris in 1910. A memorial exhibition of his work was held in Birmingham in 1945 and he was the subject of major retrospective exhibitions in 1980 and 2005.