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A Hopeless Dawn

Photo credit: Tate

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The title of this painting comes from a passage by John Ruskin, which affirms that Christ is at the helm of every boat. The kneeling woman, comforted by her mother-in-law, realises that her husband is lost at sea, but the open Bible, altar-like table and print on the wall hint at the consolations of religion.

Tate

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Date

1888

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 122.6 x W 167.6 cm

Accession number

N01627

Acquisition method

Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1888

Work type

Painting

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