Margaret Lindsay WIlliams Figurative Painting - The Devil's Daughter
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Margaret Lindsay WIlliams
The Devil's Daughter

1917

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A large signed and dated 1917 oil on canvas by Margaret Lindsay Williams, the important Royal Academy award winning Welsh artist. Williams has the distinction of being the lone artist to have had a studio in Westminster Abbey. Along with her darkly beautiful fine art, she painted portraits of Queen Alexandria and The Prince of Wales. In 1922, amidst much hoopla, she was brought to the US to paint President Harding's portrait. This remarkable large work bears its label from a 1917 London's Royal Academy exhibition. In the early 20th century, the chaste Victorian morality began to give way to a more sexually and socially emancipated vision of femininity. This change was seen as both exciting and perilous and often depicted in wages of sin scenes fraught with metaphoical significance. In "The Devil's Daughter" Williams shows the seductive tensions of modernism in a Romantic allegorical image. The sitter here is vainly posed with fan, wearing a bat encrusted hat, holding a human skull coyly recoiling from a crucifix that is being menaced from the shadows. In her resplendent finery and clutching death as though a prize, she suggests the paradoxes of femininity in the early 20th century. The artist also created a companion piece, in which the woman, repentant, is shown returning from the darkness, embracing the crucifix. Signed and dated, LL. Sight Size 44" x 55" Framed 51" x 62"

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  • Artist
    Margaret Lindsay WIlliams (1888 - 1960, British)
  • Creation year
    1917
  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions

    H 51 in. x W 62 in.

    H 129.54 cm x W 157.48 cm

  • Gallery location
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Reference number
    LU1222415542

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