The Innkeeper's Daughter
Oil on canvas; inscribed verso, 'The Innkeepers Daughter/Paestum Italy/by Cope R.A.'
14.5 x 11.25 inches
This picture, spontaneous and lively, is probably Cope’s Study of a Girl’s Head, listed in the 1834 in the catalogue of his paintings (Reminiscences ..., p 375), which Cope gave to fellow artist and travelling companion, Arthur Glennie. It has the fluency of a sketch from life. Cope had a difficult childhood; his elbow was broken by bullies at school, and he lost his father, an artist, in a stage coach accident - but he went on to have an illustrious academic career, painting royal portraits and murals for the House of Lords. After studying in Paris, in 1833/4 he travelled throughout Italy, venturing south where he painted this. Whilst staying at Salerno he visited the temples at Paestum, and wrote, ‘Arrived late in the evening. Found out a fellow to take me to Paestum for two dollars (seven or eight carlines too much). Started at four next morning, and arrived at Paestum about ten, and was much pleased with the temples, especially that of Neptune’.