Random Images: William Blake Richmond

(Last Updated On April 13, 2020)

William Blake Richmond (1842–1921) was best known for his portrait work and decorative mosaics in St. Paul’s Cathedral. In its way, this composition of a naked child clinging to mother is an archetype. It reminds me a lot of O.G. Rejlander’s Allegory of Motherhood.

William Blake Richmond – The Slave (c1886)

6 thoughts on “Random Images: William Blake Richmond

  1. Ron, while the Richmond’s painting reminds you of Rejlander’s “Allegory of Motherhood”, I find an even closer relation to one of the scenes depicted in a giant history canvas by Karl Bryullov (exhibited for the first time in 1833 after several years of work) and currently shown in the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg. The subject of this painting is the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Day_of_Pompeii
    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karl_Brullov_-_The_Last_Day_of_Pompeii_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
    In his book “Pompeii’s Ashes: The Reception of the Cities Buried by Vesuvius in Literature, Music and Drama” Dutch archaeologist Eric Moormann describes this scene in a vivid manner: “Towards the centre, a half nude man runs to the left with his wife, who clutches an infant and young nude child, almost treading on a supine woman with beautiful black hair, whose jewelry box has spilled out onto the ground near her head, and whose baby grasps her”.

  2. It’s amusing how in this painting Edith looks rather like Tenniel’s illustration, which I believe was based on someone else entirely. I wonder how many people would assume she’s Alice.

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