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A young soldier lies dead in a barren landscape, the sky growing dark around him. A deathly pallor tinges his face and his left hand rests on the hilt of his sword, as if to protect it. His bony, oversized right hand, the colour of decaying flesh, lies prominently on his chest. The man’s armour glints in the fading light, and a silk bow hangs limply from his shoe.

The National Gallery, London



17th C


Oil on canvas


H 104.8 x W 167 cm

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Acquisition method

Bought, 1865

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The National Gallery, London

Trafalgar Square, London, Greater London WC2N 5DN England

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