Frank Bramley A Hopeless Dawn 1888

Artwork details

Artist
Frank Bramley 1857–1915
Title
A Hopeless Dawn
Date 1888
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1226 x 1676 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1888
Reference
N01627
Not on display

Display caption

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.

May 2007