A Peasant Woman Fainting from the Bite of a Serpent

Oil Painting
1831 (painted)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.’


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting entitled 'A Peasant Woman Fainting from the Bite of a Serpent' by Charles Locke Eastlake. British School, 1831.
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.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 55.9cm
  • Estimate width: 47.6cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'C L Eastlake/1831' (Signed and dated by the artist, lower right)
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.’
Bibliographic Reference
Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 75-76
Collection
Accession Number
FA.70[O]

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record createdJune 19, 2003
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