Ida John (née Nettleship) (1877-1907)
JOHN, Augustus (1878 - 1961)
[image: Ida John (née Nettleship) (1877-1907)]
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 152.4 x 102.1 cm
Acquired: 1972; Purchase
Accession Number: NMW A 168
Painted in about 1901, this portrait of the artist's wife Ida (1877-1907) probably depicts her during her first pregnancy which resulted in the birth of David John in January 1902. Ida had four further children and died of fever and peritonitis following her last delivery. The vibrant brushwork and the composition reveal John's debts to Frans Hals and Edouard Manet. It is probable that Ida is here portrayed in the guise of a gypsy.