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Love's pilgrimage
oil on canvas
120.5 × 80.0 cm
inscribed in black paint l.r.: N. Gysis. / 76.
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1884
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Subjects (general)
Emotions and Mental States Human Figures Travel
Subjects (specific)
barefoot grief journeys penitents pilgrims (people) remorse rocks (landforms) women (female humans)

With French Gallery (dealer), London, 1877–84; brought, by Henry Wallis, proprietor of the French Gallery, to Melbourne for exhibition, 1884[1]; from where purchased for the NGV, 1884.

[1] See ‘Art Notes’, in The Argus, Melbourne, Friday 15 August 1884, p. 7, Accessed:

Exhibited: Beyond Missolonghi, French Gallery (dealer), London, 1877; Henry Wallis’s rooms, Imperial chambers, Bank Place, Melbourne 1884.

In 1877, when this painting was exhibited at London’s French Gallery, a critic writing in the Art Journal described it in the following terms: ‘A wayward young lady, on whose face is written pain and sorrow, if not remorse. Her female companion has conducted her to the foot of a rocky height on which is perched a convent. The lovely penitent has brought with her a votive gold trinket and a candle and her companion is apparently urging her to ascend a rugged path, which leads to rest and peace, before night closes’.