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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.
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 Horse was the spirit of Commerce.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.