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Oil painting - A Peasant Woman Fainting from the Bite of a Serpent
  • A Peasant Woman Fainting from the Bite of a Serpent
    Eastlake, Charles Locke, born 1836 - died 1906
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A Peasant Woman Fainting from the Bite of a Serpent

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (painted)

  • Date:

    1831 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eastlake, Charles Locke, born 1836 - died 1906 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:

    FA.70[O]

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

Eastlake lived in Rome from 1816 to 1830. The reverse of the painting bears his inscription: ‘Nina Ranieri, a young peasant woman of the Roman State, while kneeling before a chapel of the Madonna was bit by a viper: she sank into a lethargy in a short time and, it is said, died two days after.’

Physical description

Oil on canvas depicted a woman who has fainted in the street after being bitten by a serpent. She lies in the arms of an older woman whilst a young boy looks on anxiously.

Place of Origin

Italy (painted)

Date

1831 (painted)

Artist/maker

Eastlake, Charles Locke, born 1836 - died 1906 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'C L Eastlake/1831'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower right

Dimensions

Height: 55.9 cm estimate, Width: 47.6 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'A Peasant Woman Fainting from the Bite of a Serpent' by Charles Locke Eastlake. British School, 1831.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 75-76

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Serpent; Poison; Illness; Snake

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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