Artist: De Morgan, Evelyn
Object Number: P_EDM_0014
Date: 1890 - 1919
Category: Paintings and Oil on canvas
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Canvas: 793 x W 482 mm Framed: 910 x W 610 x D 75 mm
Inscriptions: Unsigned
Description:

In this painting a solitary female figure is seated in a mournful posture on a stone bench which is reminiscent of a funerary monument. In her hand, she holds a wreath of flowers, presumably meant for the deceased.

The painting is undated but thought to have been completed circa 1900 and was a reflection of Evelyn’s views on the futility of war. The sentiment in the painting is one of inconsolable loss and remembrance rather than pride in the deeds of a heroic warrior. However, the rising sun in the background of the painting is also an expression of hope and a reflection of Evelyn’s belief in the afterlife and renewal.