- Sir William Blake Richmond 1842–1921
- Oil paint on canvas
- Unconfirmed: 914 x 527 mm
- Presented by the artist's descendants 1995
The meaning and source of this painting of an enslaved woman and her child are obscure. It may relate to French Orientalist paintings of captive women, a subject perhaps inspired by William Richmond’s visit to the Middle East in 1885. Slavery also became a popular subject in the 1880s for British painters as increasing numbers of them chose to study art in France. The outbreak of a number of moral panics in the 1880s, focusing on the victimisation of women and children by abusive men, also gave this type of painting contemporary significance.
Gallery label, July 2007