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A Congenial Task by John William Godward

Cross stitch chart or counted cross stitch kit from the Scarlet Quince 20th & 21st Century Fine Art Collection.

John William Godward (1861 – 1922) was an English painter from the end of the Pre-Raphaelite / Neo-Classicist era. He was a protégé of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema but his style of painting fell out of favour with the arrival of painters like Picasso. He committed suicide at the age of 61 and is said to have written in his suicide note that "the world was not big enough" for him and a Picasso.

His already estranged family, who had disapproved of him becoming an artist, were ashamed of his suicide and burned his papers. No photographs of Godward are known to survive.


This piece is of a beautiful woman in Classical dress seated on a leopard skin braiding her long, dark brown hair. Her clothes are deep red, blue, and green. She leans on a marble wall with a base of different marble, next to a granite column on a golden pedestal. (Neoclassical, 1915)

Approx: 23" x 23" or 59 x 59cm - when worked on 18ct or 36ct.

You can also choose to have this design in kit form -list of DMC threads used.

There are more pieces by Godward adapted for cross stitch by Cross Stitch Collectibles.

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