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Francis Danby led an eventful life; despite artistic success, he had to move continually in order to escape debtors. In 1832, he took a break from his artistic career and went to Lake Geneva to take up boatbuilding. At the age of 67, Danby survived a shipwreck. This painting illustrates an episode in the Bible. In the book of Revelations, the opening of the sixth seal brings the end of the world: 'the sun became black … the moon became as blood … and the stars of heaven fell to the earth … every mountain and island were moved out of their places … for the great day of his wrath is come.
oil on canvas
63.8 x 77.3 cm
BATVG : P : 1924.110
gift from Alfred Jones, 1924