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Charles West Cope, R.A. (1811-1890)
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Charles West Cope, R.A. (1811-1890)

The Inquisition

Details
Charles West Cope, R.A. (1811-1890)
The Inquisition
signed with monogram and indistinctly dated '1880' (lower centre)
oil on canvas
29½ x 24½ in. (75 x 62.2 cm.)
Literature
H. Blackburn (ed.), Academy Notes, 1880, p. 24.
Athenaeum, no. 2742, 15 May 1880, p. 638.
Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, 1880, no. 200.
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Lot Essay

The Athenaeum described this picture as follows when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1880, 'Mr. Cope, is in unusual force, with a picture...by the title of An Inquisition (200), where two lean maiden aunts, who are apparently shrill of voice and sharp of temper, discuss letters found in the casket of a very young woman, a love-smitten culprit, who stands before them half pointing, half indignant, yet afraid to fight. The senior, with the rigid ringlets, has a quaint, somewhat cariacatured head, and a lively and actue expression that is well conceived and happily rendered...The picture is bright and clear...'
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