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A Young Woman Kneeling at a Prayer Desk

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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A young lady kneels before an altar on which two tall candles have been lit. Her hands are touched in prayer on a large open Bible, but we have interrupted her devotions and she turns to look at us. The writing in a Gothic script above the altarpiece is the first part of the Lord's Prayer: ‘Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done.’ This small portrait, remarkably rich in colour and deft in its painterly technique, is reminiscent of an Old Master painting.

The National Gallery, London





oil on mahogany


H 34 x W 25.5 cm

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purchased with the support of a generous legacy from Miss Marcia Lay, 2014

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The National Gallery, London

Trafalgar Square, London, Greater London WC2N 5DN England

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