The Widow of an Indian Chief watching the Arms of her Deceased Husband, Joseph Wright of Derby Print
This painting was one of twenty-five works that Wright produced for his one-man show of 1785; an exhibition that sought to assert the artist’s independence and public reputation following his recent break with the Royal Academy. Wright included an explanation of the picture in the catalogue to his exhibition: ‘This picture is founded on a custom…where the widow of an eminent warrior is used to sit the whole day, during the first moon after his death, under a rude kind of trophy, formed by a tree lopped and painted; on which the weapons of the dead are suspended. She remains in this situation without shelter, and perseveres in her mournful duty at the hazard of her own life from the inclemencies of the weather.’
Print to fit standard 30 x 40 cm frame with mount.
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