Chatterton in Art
Creating Rowley Manuscripts
Age: 10-15, Bristol
'Chatterton' (M Shed Bristol)
A Tall Tail & A Secret Message
There are at least two versions of Henrietta Ward's painting of Chatterton creating his Rowley manuscripts.
We can be sure that the painting with the title, 'Chatterton,' is by Henrietta. It is signed H Ward and was painted in 1873. It is on display at the M Shed museum in Bristol. The proof lies in its provenance, whatever that might be, but for me the postcard with a photograph of the painting, and its note and signature of Henrietta on the back says it all!
The other painting, 'The Secret Message,' was sold at auction in 2007 and is also signed H Ward.
More to follow on this.