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The New Perfume was completed by John William Godward in 1914 and is a part of the Richard Green Fine Paintings Collection in London, at the time of writing.
The New Perfume illustrates Godward's strengths and weaknesses. The table with griffin tripods and the folding stool are studio props, positioned to contrast with the variegated marble floor and wall. The figure of the woman, in a deep-red diaphanous robe, exhibits the influence of Leighton in its meticulous folds. The eroticism of the canvas is suggested by the woman's naked breast, where she will be applying the perfume. In its use of colour the canvas has merit, but the specious recreation of a domestic interior is neither convincingly detailed nor architecturally correct in the manner of Tadema. This wielding of Tadema and Leighton in Godward is a potentially beautiful but also a hazardous experiment.Art Historian Joseph Kestner's critic of this painting