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    Sale 12309

    Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, Maritime Art, Sporting & Wildlife Art

    7 July 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 158

    Albert Goodwin, R.W.S. (1845-1932)

    Dance of death bridge, Lucerne

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    Albert Goodwin, R.W.S. (1845-1932)
    Dance of death bridge, Lucerne
    signed and dated '1909/Albert Goodwin.' (lower right) and inscribed 'Dance of Death. Bridge Lucerne.' (lower left)
    pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
    5 x 7 1/8 in. (12.7 x 18.1 cm.)


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    Built in the 13th century, to connect a number of mill buildings to the mainland, the Spreuer Bridge was decorated in the mid-17th century with 67 works along the rafters, depicting the Dance of Death Cycle, or ‘Dance Macabre’. The purpose was to remind all – rich and poor - of the ever-present company of death.