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Title: The Last Request
Date: unknown or unrecorded
Artist(s): Richard Westall (British: English, born:2 January 1765, died:4 December 1836)
Materials: Coloured stipple engraving; Paper
Information: '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.
Accession no: WAG 8190
Credit line: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Mr & Mrs M Philips in 1972
Location: Item not currently on display

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