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- 'Watching Dog', Briton Riviere
- 'Flower Piece', Jean Baptiste Monnoyer
- 'Girl With Birds', Auguste Legras
- 'Love's Palace', John Melhuish Strudwick
- 'The Evening Star', Henry William Banks Davis
- 'The Two Mothers', Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- 'Evening: The West still glimmers with some streaks of day', Thomas Creswick
- 'Her eyes are with her heart', Phillip Hermogenes Calderon
- 'What is it?', Henry Stacy Marks
- 'Weaving the Wreath', Frederic Lord Leighton
- 'Rush Gatherers', Henry Lejeune
- 'The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple', William Holman Hunt
'Love's Palace', John Melhuish Strudwick
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.
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Date:1891 - 1893
Accession No: WAG 304