'Fantine', Margaret Hall, 1886
Oil on canvas, 157 x 116.2cm
Accession Number WAG2833
This is a portrait of the literary character Fantine, who featured in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables'. Dismissed from her job because of her illegitimate child, she is soon forced into prostitution to survive.
This striking and sympathetic image shows Fantine protectively watching over her sleeping daughter. The dark surroundings and empty bottle hint at the dangers and troubles that await both mother and child in the future.