Margaret Sewell, 1927
Framed (ref: 9419)
Egg Tempera on board
Provenance: The Artist's Estate
Margaret Ley, a talented miniaturist, and William Sewell, a talented artist and book illustrator, first met when students at Herkomer's Art School. In this poignant portrait of 1927, John Moody expresses the grief felt by Margaret on the tenth anniversary of her husband William’s death - he died in 1917, aged 41, at the battle of Arras. Still in mourning, she holds in her hand a species of the Cardamine plant, known for its healing properties for heart ailments.