According to Algernon Graves's 1905 volume, Joseph Syddall lived at Old Whittington, Chesterfield and exhibited three paintings at the Royal Academy: Miss A. E. Spong (1898), Portrait of a Gentleman (1899), and Miss Eric Byron (1904). In his earlier Dictionary of Artists Who Have Exhibited Works in the Principal London Exhibitions From 1760 to 1893 (1895) Graves does not list Syddall, leading one to conclude that this fourth artist in the collaborative team was relatively unknown until the close of the century. Syddall's contributions seem the least important, for he has produced fewer plates (five) than any other artist, and these are smaller, occupying a total of only two and three-quarter pages. — Philip V. Allingham

Illustrations to Hardy's Tess of the Durbervilles



Graves. Algernon. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Work from its Foundation in 1769 to 1904. Vol. 4. London, 1905.

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