• Victorian and British Impressi auction at Christies

    Sale 5615

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures

    17 March 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 57

    Lexden Lewis Pocock (1850-1919)

    The fresh streams ran by her

    Price Realised  


    Lexden Lewis Pocock (1850-1919)
    The fresh streams ran by her
    signed 'Lexden.L.Pocock' (lower right) and inscribed '2/A Song of Willow-/"The fresh streams ran by her,& murmured her moans;"/Shakespeare/Lexden L Pocock/22 Bloom' (on a label attached to the backing)
    watercolour and bodycolour
    35 x 26 in. (89 x 66 cm.)

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    The inspiration for this picture is the 'Willow Song' sung by Desdemona in Act IV, Scene III of Othello. Shakespeare adapted a traditional English song to fit a female character and the melancholy words heighten the ominous atmosphere as Desdemona prepares for bed for what will be the final time.

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