Henry Herbert La Thangue
The Man with the Scythe exhibited 1896

Artwork details

The Man with the Scythe
Date Exhibited 1896
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1676 x 1664 mm
frame: 1990 x 1975 x 165 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1896
Not on display

Display caption

La Thangue was well-known for his realist rustic scenes. Here, uncharacteristically, he introduces a symbolic dimension to his work. A mother discovers that her young daughter has died, presumably after an illness. At the same moment, a man arrives at the gate carrying a scythe, the traditional symbol of death, the ‘grim reaper’.This rather melodramatic treatment can be compared with the more grimly realistic picture of child death Hushed, by Frank Holl, also shown in this room.

July 2007

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