'The Garden of Gethsemane', William Dyce
The subject is Jesus praying alone in Gethsemane: the setting is a wild Scottish glen at twilight. Christ’s spiritual journey is symbolised by the stony path leading to a dense forest under a waxing moon.
Dyce, a deeply committed Christian, believed in a contemporary Christ, and represented him as a real person with whom the viewer could identify. The meticulous technique reflects Dyce’s admiration for the Pre-Raphaelites.
The painting was in the collection of John Farnworth of Liverpool, where George Holt almost certainly saw and admired it years before he was able to buy it.
Medium: Oil on millboard
Date: about 1860
Accession No: WAG 221