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A Flood

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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A rural landscape submerged under water. In the foreground is a baby in its wooden cradle, carried away by the flood. It appears oblivious to its apparent danger and mesmerized by the glistening droplets of water hanging from the branch of a tree overhead and the small birds sheltering there. Sitting on the baby's floral patchwork coverlet, and peering over the end of the cradle is a black kitten, terrified by its situation and mewing for help. Floating between the head of the cradle and a clump of rushes is a jug. To the left of the composition is a partially submerged haystack, beyond which is a farm house and outbuildings. In the background to the right, a man and woman punt in the direction of the baby across the watery landscape.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 99.3 x W 144.9 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Thomas Agnew and Sons Ltd, 1891

Work type


Inscription description

Signed, in monogram, and dated at right bottom corner: 18 JM 70


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