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The Funeral of a Viking

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Dark and dramatic depiction of the funeral of a Viking, his body being set to sea on a burning pyre. Standing on the shore, to the right of the composition, are a crowd of Viking men and soldiers with arms and weapons raised as the burning ship carrying the body is pushed out. Most prominent of these figures is that of an armoured man standing forward of the crowd, wearing a crested helmet and a breast-plate with raised ornamentation, with his right arm raised and holding a flaming torch in his left. The boat, with a stern carved into the form of the head of a mythical beast, is hauled into the rough sea by muscular male figures; the recumbent body of the dead Viking, fully armoured, is surrounded by flames. In the background are austere, rocky mountains seen under a dark and stormy sky.

Manchester Art Gallery



The Funeral of a Viking




oil on canvas


H 186.4 x W 305.5 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Arthur Burton, 1928

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Inscription description

Signed and dated at right bottom corner: FRANK DICKSEE -93


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