The most serious of Alma-tadema’s followers was John William Godward (1861-1922). All his life he devoted himself only to classical subjects, invariably involving girls in classical robes on marble terraces, but painted with a degree of technical mastery that almost rivals that of Alma-Tadema. . . . Very little is known of Godward’s career, except that by 1922 no one wanted his classical maidens any more, and he committed suicide by putting his head in a gas oven. —Christopher Wood



Spring '84. London: The Fine Art Society, 1974.

Wood, Christopher. Olympian Dreamers/ London: Constable, 1983.

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