Monday, May 30, 2011

Lost Cause

A Lost Cause (1888) by the British painter Andrew Carrick Gow (1848-1920).

Gow was a well known history painter. Here he shows James II fleeing to France after the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, which ended the catholic claim to the throne and brought the protestant William of Orange to power. It’s therefore a tragic scene, hopes and dreams are buried and many, many Irish will follow their prince into exile.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this (and your blog)! I study art history and it's always interesting to know stories and history behind the paintings.

    - Henna from Finland -