This work is one of a series illustrating episodes from the folk tale 'Beauty and the Beast' and has strong colouring and a good decorative effect.

Southall was heavily influenced by Italian Renaissance art which led him to rediscover tempera. He was one of the founding members of the Society of Painters in Tempera in 1901 together with Walter Crane and Holman Hunt.

Provenance

Private collector, 1898; then by descent; Fine Art Society in the 1980s; Alan Fortunoff, New York; Fine Art Society, 2004.


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