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Mariana in the South

Photo credit: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

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Mariana is praying for the return of her lost love, the tyrant Angelo, who cruelly spurned her on the loss of her dowry. The picture illustrates the line 'And in the liquid mirror glowed the clear perfection of her face' from Tennyson's poem of the same title which was, in turn, inspired by Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure'. The painting is a study for a smaller painting of the same name.

Cecil French Bequest



Mariana in the South




oil on canvas


H 134.5 x W 86.3 cm

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bequeathed by Cecil French, 1954

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Cecil French Bequest

LBHF’s Arts Officer, London, Greater London England

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