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Fair Rosamund
(1854)

Artist/s name
Medium
oil on cardboard
Measurements
40.3 x 30.5 cm
Accession Number
3334-4
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss Eva Gilchrist in memory of her uncle P. A. Daniel, 1956
Gallery location
Contemporary Projects Gallery
Ground Level, NGV International
About

Poison was the weapon of choice for murderesses during the nineteenth century, with arsenic implicated in nearly a third of all criminal cases in Victorian Britain. It is not surprising, then, that the story of Rosamund, mistress of Henry II of England, resonated with artists and poets during this period. According to legend, Henry created a secret garden for Rosamund, accessible only by a maze on his property at Oxfordshire. The garden was discovered by the king’s wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, who then poisoned Rosamund. Here, Hughes uses deadly foxgloves to symbolise the unfolding narrative.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)

Colourmen

Colourman
ROBERSON
Location
Centre reverse of board
Transcription
CHARLES ROBERSON & CO./ARTISTS' COLOURMEN,/MANUFACTURERS OF WATER AND OIL COLOURS,/Materials for Drawing & Painting,/51,LONG ACRE, LONDON.
Medium
Paper label
More information
National Portrait Gallery