George Elgar Hicks

Woman’s Mission: Comfort of Old Age

1862

In Tate Britain
Artist
George Elgar Hicks 1824–1914
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 762 x 638 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2014
Reference
T14037

Display caption

These two paintings make up two scenes in a triptych (three-part picture) called Woman’s Mission which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1863. The missing section is Guide of Childhood. As a group the pictures represent the same woman in her role as mother, wife and attentive daughter or, as one critic of the time put it: ‘woman in three phases of her duties as ministering angel’. The woman in both pictures bears a striking resemblance to the artist’s depictions of his own wife, Maria.

Gallery label, November 2016

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