Breaking the news: John Longstaff

Artist: John Longstaff

An older man comforts a newly-made widow in the kitchen of her humble house. Outside the door, the worker’s mates are seen, with the mine head in the background.

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PD Proof : In Art and Architecture Vol 3 No 6

Comment: Some work dealing with the life of miners or other labourers. Sons and Lovers, perhaps?

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Lady Marjorie Manners, Aged 17 – James Jebusa Shannon

Artist: James Jebusa Shannon

A young woman on the verge of adulthood, dressed in dark clothing, perhaps mourning. She strokes a pet dog at her side.

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PD Proof : In Royal Academy Pictures 1902 page 177

Comment: This late-Victorian potrait might be very suitable for a work by Trollope such as “Can You Forgive Her?”

Never Morning Wore to Evening but Some Heart Did Break – Langley

Artist: Walter Langley

The scene is a quayside with a nearby lighthouse. A young woman sits with head bowed and her face in her hands. Next to her an old woman comforts her.

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PD Proof : In Royal Academy Pictures 1894 p153

Comment: Yet another painting of a broken-hearted young woman. Unfortunately, it seems a topical subject.

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