Study for the Last Request card

Study for the Last Request

WAG 1995.47

Currently not on display


This drawing is a study for the painting 'The Last Request' (WAG 2839). The subject of this painting 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.