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George Frederic Watts (1817 - 1904)

The Rider on the Black Horse

A816; oil on panel; 24 x 19 cm

Prov: Mrs Michael Chapman, the artist's adopted daughter

Presented by Archibald G.B. Russell, C.V.O., 1951; WA1951.148

Morris 1996, p. 477

This is a study for The Rider on the Black Horse, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool). The subject was taken from Revelation 6: 1-8. The series was begun around 1868 and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1883. Watts probably meant the horses to have allegorical significance: a contemporary suggested that The Rider on the Black Horsewas the spirit of Commerce.

Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.