The Last Request

After Richard Westall,

WAG 8190

About this object

'The Last Request' is taken from a poem 'Monody to the Memory of a Young Lady Who Died in Childbed by an Afflicted Husband (1768) by Cuthbert Shaw (1739-1771). In the poem, the dying wife Emma requests her husband, when he re-marries, to keep their child separate from its stepmother, so that it will transfer its affection to her or know her dislike, and will enjoy its father's love in isolation.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Copied after Richard Westall (British: English, born:2 January 1765, died:4 December 1836)
  • Date
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Coloured stipple engraving; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 27.2 cm x 21.1 cm
  • Physical description
    Watercolour of a woman lying in bed looking at a man cropped out of the scene. His hand is holding hers on top of the bed clothes.
  • Related people
    M Mrs Philips (Previous owner); Richard Westall (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8190
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Mr & Mrs M Philips in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • M Mrs Philips

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery
Object view = Fine Art
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