WILLIAM HENRY BARRIBAL (BRITISH 1874-1952)
A young girl waiting in a doorway
Watercolour and mixed media on paper
47.5 x 32 cm (18 3/4 x 12 1/2 in)
The present works dates from circa 1918/19. On the verso is affixed a label giving the number 1052 and the title Waiting and Copyright the property of The International Art Co, Florence House Barnes…
This refers to the use of this image as a postcard published in 1921. Barribal studied at the Academy Julien before the first war where he met both Cheret and Mucha. For a time in the 1920’s his reputation in England was similar to that of Cheret and Mucha in Paris. His images of the Barribal girl were ubiquitous, appearing in much popular culture: cigarette cards, playing cards and posters. The Barribal Girl was in fact drawn from his wife, his only model: one source gives her name as Elinor Glyn.