John Roddam Spencer Stanhope

Thoughts of the Past

exhibited 1859

Not on display

Artist
John Roddam Spencer Stanhope 1829–1908
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 864 × 508 mm
frame: 1164 × 810 × 97 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs F. Evans 1918
Reference
N03338

Summary

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Display caption

This modern-life picture shows a prostitute in her lodgings overlooking the Thames. Her situation is indicated by the shabby interior with jewellery and money strewn across her dressing table, and the man’s glove and walking stick on the floor. Waterloo Bridge and Hungerford Bridge are shown in the distance straddling the busy polluted river. A sickly-looking plant by the woman’s side suggests her impending doom.

Gallery label, November 2016

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