John Callcott Horsley

The Pride of the Village

1839, exhibited 1839

Artist
John Callcott Horsley 1817–1903
Medium
Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions
Support: 762 x 622 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00446

Not on display

Display caption

When this picture was first exhibited at the Royal Academy it was accompanied by a quotation from Washington Irving's short story 'The Pride of the Village', which was written in 1819:
'A tear trembles in her soft blue eyes. Was she thinking of her faithless lover? Or were her thoughts wandering to that distant churchyard into whose bosom she might soon be gathered?.'
Irving's story told of an only daughter who was 'the pride of the village'. One year she was the May Queen and caught the attention of a young army officer. When his love proved to be false, the girl pined away in her parents' cottage.

Gallery label, March 1993

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