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Hope

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The picture is one of a series of allegorical subjects which Watts intended for a decorative scheme known as the 'House of Life'. Traditionally the figure of Hope is identified by an anchor, but Watts was seeking a fresher, more original approach. He painted blind Hope seated on a globe and playing on a lyre which has all its strings broken except one. She bends her head to listen to the faint music, but her efforts appear forlorn; the overall atmosphere is one of sadness and desolation rather than hope.

Tate Britain

London

  • Date

    1886

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    142.2 x 111.8 cm

  • Accession number

    N01640

  • Acquisition method

    Presented by George Frederic Watts 1897

Tate Britain

Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG England

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