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This picture was first exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1885 and it was accompanied by the lines: 'Right true it is that these/
And all things else that under Heaven dwell/ Are changed of Time'. The theme of Time is dealt with in two related parts. Below, the three Fates are spinning the thread of life. Their spindles show part gold and part grey threads. The gold part will measure out the allotted span of a person's life. Above, a girl and her lover are talking. It is their happiness that is being determined by the Fates: a bell is tolling in a tower, symbolising the passing of time, and Love's car is waiting in the sky. Strudwick was a pupil of Burne-Jones, whose influence it felt clearly in this picture.

April 1997