Soldiers Meeting (1870)

Medium: oil on canvas

Size: 160 x 200 cm; 63 x 78¾ in

This painting shows a scene set in the mid-17th century. One man in a bedroom, wearing clerical clothes, is interrogated by a man wearing a long black cloak, who is brandishing something which had been concealed under the clothing of the cleric. Two soldiers are in attendance, one of whom is preventing a fifth man from entering the room. The subject matter of the painting is very much like that of Master Prynne Searching Archbishop Laud’s Pockets in the Tower (1846); however, this painting is signed and dated 1870.

Called ‘Scene Historique’, this picture was auctioned at Hotel de Ventes VanDerKindere auctioneers, Brussels, on 8 May 2007, fetching EUR 3,500.

It was auctioned at Sothebys, New Bond Street, London, on 6 March 2008 (Sale L08133 ‘British and Continental Pictures’, Lot 43), where it sold for £4,000. A colour image of the painting was published in the sale catalogue.

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