About this object

This is a subject from John Keats’s (1795-1821) poem ‘The Eve of St Agnes’. Madeline is shown preparing for bed in her chamber after evening prayer. Her true love, Porphyro, will appear at midnight on the Eve of St Agnes. Madeline’s family disapprove of Porphyro, but he manages to reach her and hide in the closet until they can make their escape.

Maclise has paid careful attention to Keats’s text. He has included the lute which Porphyro will play to her, a recently extinguished candle, and the string of pearls that she unwinds from her hair.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Daniel Maclise (Irish, born:1806-02-02 baptism, died:1870-04-25)
  • Date
    1868 first exhibited
  • Materials
    Canvas; Oil paint
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 128 cm x 101.5 cm; frame: 167.5 cm x 142.5 cm
  • Physical description
    View of a young lady in her bedroom. She pulls a thread of pearls from her long red hair while looking towards the floor. There is a large stained glass window behind her and a lute leaning against her bedside table on the left. A beam of light is cast across her chest and pillow.
  • Related people
    Daniel Maclise (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2117
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Lady Walmsley in 1915
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Fine Art
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