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The quotation on the frame of this painting comes from Robert Browning’s poem ‘Count Gismond’ which was published in 1845 as one of the 'Dramatic Romances'. Here, the chivalrous Count Gismond has just slain another count who had cast doubt on the princess’s virtue. His sword is stained, but we have been spared the grisly details and it is the next verse of the poem which is illustrated: 'Over my head his arm he flung, Against the world; and scarce I felt, His sword (that dripped by me and swung), A little shifted in its belt, For he began to say the while, How south our home lay many a mile'.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on canvas
H 118.1 x W 69.8 cm
gift from the Misses Budgett, 1941