Collier, John (1850-1934)
Bequeathed by Mr T. Hancock-Munn, 1937
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
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This oil painting by John Collier takes as its subject Lady Godiva. Lady Godiva was a popular subject for Victorian painters. Godiva is shown from the side; facing left, and in the same direction as her horse. The horse is white with red trappings, including an embroided red cloth which hides all of its body except for its head, neck and fore-leg. 'Norman,' architecture can be seen in the background and to the right of Lady Godiva. In this work Collier depicts her as a young, shy, sensitive woman sitting astride her horse (the only Godiva painting to show her sitting this way).