|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 angels 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.