Study for the Last Request

Richard Westall, 1800 possibly

WAG 1995.47

About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Emma's Last Request
  • Artist(s)
    Richard Westall (British: English, born:1765-01-02, died:1836-12-04)
  • Date
    1800 possibly
  • Materials
    Pencil; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 36 cm x 23.8 cm
  • Physical description
    A pencil drawing of a lady wearing a nightdress and bonnet lying in bed. Her hands are placed underneath the pillow and she is half covered by a decorative blanket.
  • Related people
    Messrs Abbot and Holder (Previous owner) ; Richard Westall (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 11458
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1995
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Previous owners

  • Messrs Abbot and Holder

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1995
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: C19th 18T C31834
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: ?The Last Request Wilt tho(u) I Know (thou will) - () Silence () and in that pleasing hope, my Emma dies content (Vide, Shaw's Monody) Original inscription faded; visible words strengthened by restorer. (Poem - "Wilt thou, I know thou will...and silence speaks assent, And in that pleasing hope thy Emma dies content."
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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