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The Orphans

Exhibited at the RA in 1830 (197) and at the British Institution in 1831. The RA catalogue quotes a verse by S.C. Hall (1800-89): 'Silently eloquent/ By the way-side those gentle orphans stood,/ Not asking aid, save by those looks and tears/ That tell their tale - poor desolate ones! -/ The blight of winter hath come o'er their spring./ Oh! for some blessed beam to cherish them.' The left-hand figure recalls Lawrence's 'Lady Georgiana Fane' of 1806 (Tate Britain), engraved in 1826. With DPG453 ('Endymion'), 'The Orphans' was cited in Wood's obituary as a work which particularly contributed to his contemporary reputation.

Not currently on display

Artist
John Wood
Date
1830
Location
Not on display
Dimensions
143.2 x 105.4 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Inscription
Signed, bottom left: 'John Wood. / 1830.'
Acquisition
Gift of Miss S. Wyatt Gray, 1897
Accession number
DPG454