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Joseph Edward Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall

1 of 3 portraits of Joseph Edward Southall

Joseph Edward Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall, by Joseph Edward Southall, 1911 - NPG L215 - © estate of Joseph Edward Southall; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

© estate of Joseph Edward Southall; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

Joseph Edward Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall

by Joseph Edward Southall
egg tempera on linen, 1911
39 1/2 in. x 19 3/4 in. (1003 mm x 503 mm)
Purchased, 2014
Primary Collection
NPG L215


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The example of early Italian art persuaded Southall to give up his early training as an architect and to devote himself to highly-crafted paintings which revived the use of egg tempera. Encouraged by Ruskin, Morris and Burne-Jones, he became a leading member of the Birmingham School in the 1890s and founded the Society of Painters in Tempera in 1901. His wife, Anna Elizabeth, was herself a significant craftswoman, assisting Southall in his work and writing on the art of gilding. Known as The Agate, this remarkable portrait shows the couple holding agate stones. The beach is possibly that at Southwold, Suffolk, a favourite haunt of the Southalls.