'Love's Palace', John Melhuish Strudwick

Fantastical scene with the angel Love in the centre

The first of the three paintings commissioned directly from the artist by Holt in his last years. The subject, suggested by Strudwick, is based on lines from a poem by GF Bodley, who was also a well-known architect.

Love sits enthroned in the centre, with the Fates at the base of the steps. Girls watch a bubble floating in the air (a symbol of vanity and hope), listen to sweet music, and learn about love from the pages of a book. In the background knights ride by, on one side embodying the joys of love, on the other its sorrows.

Artwork Details

Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Date:1891 - 1893
Accession No: WAG 304