Artist: De Morgan, Evelyn
Object Number: P_EDM_0009
Date: 1897
Category: Oil on canvas, Paintings, and Watts Gallery
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: H 876.3 x W 1181.1 mm
Inscriptions: Signature, 1897, ‘EDeM 1897’

Walter Shaw Sparrow (1900) explained this painting as follows:

In a dark and desolate country, an aged king broods over his hoard of gold, while the dark Angel of Death approaches, a cloud-like mantle floating around her. It is strewn with stars and a moon shines dimly in the angel’s dusky wing, all typical of the elements into which the miser will soon be resolved. Away in the distance, a freed spirit rises into the sky.