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John Maler Collier's Lady Godiva, painted around 1898 by the late pre-Raphaelite master, is an imagined reproduction of the medieval myth of Lady Godiva. Capturing the moment when the 11th- century aristocrat reportedly rode naked atop a horse through the streets of the English city of Coventry in protest of the unfair taxes levied upon the tenants of her husband's estates, Collier celebrates a legendary hero and supporter of the ever-exploited individuals of the English underclass. Emerging at the tender age of twenty as a prodigious painter of fashionable subjects, Collier was one of the most celebrated popular painters of the nineteenth century. Greatly influeced by John Everett Millais, Collier made a successful career painting genre works and supplying figurative reproductions of theatrical figures. After his initial fame waned he restored his reputation by studying and depicting the hardships and inequalities of contemporary life. Lady Godiva, almost situated in a legendary medieval England, firmly references the Victoria treatment of the poor.
Although rather conservative in his technique and slightly too restrained in his approach, Collier's sensual and urgent use of colour have the ability to suggest deeply evocative moods. Writing extensively on the art of painting, Collier was deeply integrated in his craft. Lady Godiva, a curiously pensive reproduction of the myth and a profoundly thoughtful work, is painted from the point of view of a passerby, perhaps the original 'Peeping Tom' who, upon staring at the naked noblewoman, was struck blind. Like his Victorian colleagues, the pre-Raphaelite, the Symbolists, and other movements that focused on gazing at the female form, Collier used feminine beauty as both the target and the weapon of his dramas. Displaying a unique approach to the staging of his images, Collier's work would prefigure the mise-en-scene of silent cinema.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Lady Godiva, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Lady Godiva that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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