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Joseph Southall

(1861-1944), Artist and craftsman

Joseph Edward Southall

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.

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Joseph Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall, by Joseph Edward Southall - NPG 7020

Joseph Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall

by Joseph Edward Southall
egg tempera on linen, 1911
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7020

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