Oil on canvas 30 x 24 inches. Signed on back of canvas L. Johnson Class 1897 age 17
First exhibition : London: South Kensington College, 1897 ( later to become known as The Royal College of Art) and shortly afterwards it was awarded a medal at a Manchester exhibition.
The picture was lost for over 50 years and was only found with some other pictures in a derelict property in George Street, Nottingham about to be demolished to make way for a new telephone exchange. This picture was then purchased at an auction by the husband of the model – Recorded in The Evening Post and News, Nottingham 9th July 1969.
“I chose an unusual lighting effect for the popular girl model Lily Poyser. I draped her in a veil of yellow muslin costing tuppence three farthings a yard. Grandma’s sole employment became the furtherance of my progress; she helped me shape and stitch the yellow veiling and on my return home from Art School her first question was “How’s ‘Yellowboy’s getting on? ” MOAL p. 87
Lily was the Head model at the Nottingham School of Art and that at the time of this painting she was 16 years of age, a year younger than the artist. Lily had three sisters all of whom posed as models for the artist from time to time. The artist paid them one halfpenny a morning to model for her.
This picture has once been inadvertently also been exhibited as Alma Poyser.
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