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Sorrow and Song

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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'Sorrow and Song' contrasts the handsome, richly dressed foreground figures with the poor family with a sick child in the boat behind them. One elegant lady glances in their direction, but her boat will soon glide away downstream. Edmund Blair Leighton exhibited at the Royal Academy in London for over 40 years and his work was very popular with the print-buying public rather than the art critics. Today, his scenes of medieval chivalric love and pretty ladies in pseudo-eighteenth-century dress are again highly popular, with internet sites selling reproductions of his work.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 74 x W 125.1 cm

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bequeathed by Arthur Robinson, 1913

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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Queens Road, Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RL England

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