A Stitch is Free is featured in John William Godward: The Eclipse of Classicism by V. G. Swanson, Ph.D. page 229.
John William Godward is considered among the top British Neoclassical revivalists of all time. His career was devoted to classically adorned, beautiful women depicted with a degree of technical mastery thatremains unsurpassed. This impressive work entitled A Stitch is Free or A Stitch in Timeis a culmination of the classical elements for which Godward has achieved world-renown.The dramatic palette, luxurious fabrics and classical vision utilized in this work are all hallmarks of this remarkable artist. Godward's work is most celebrated for its implicit sensuality and masterful, naturalistic detail. His stunning canvases have enjoyed a resurgence in the past few years and he is now among the most celebrated and in-demand English artists on the market today.
Raised in Wimbledon, England, Godward debuted at London's Royal Academy exhibition in 1887. By thesubsequent decade the burgeoning artist was on a steady ascent to artistic success. Having fell under the influence of British Neoclassical Revivalists Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Lord Frederic Leighton, and Sir Edward John Poynter, Godward quickly adopted, if not rivaled, their style. He envisioned similar scenes of the ancient world, seamlessly blending antiquity and beauty in breathtaking compositions. The sensuality and mystery of Godward's maidens, combined with his impressive antique backdrops, attracted fans across Europe and sent Godward on a rapid ascent to artistic stardom. In 1889 he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists. Ten years later Godward debuted at the Parisian Salon of 1899, where again he was heaped with praise. In the early years of the 20th century, however, Godward was faced with the painful reality the classical world he so loved to conjure was being overshadowing by modern art movements. He moved to Rome in 1912 to surround himself with the physical remnants of the classical world, and there he stayed for the major part of his remaining career.