John Phillip, R.A. 1817 - 1867
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Prayer, 1859
Oil on canvas, 745 X 591 X 29 mm
Diploma Work given by John Phillip, R.A., accepted 1859
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John Phillip's Diploma work depicts a young Spanish woman praying with rosary beads sitting on what is probably a church step. Her torn dress, roughly woven shawl and earnest expression are thrown into contrast by the coquettish woman in the background, with embroidered shawl and decorative fan. This painting merges Phillip's interest in Wilkiesque genre scenes and his love of Spanish subjects. In the 1850s and 1860s he frequently painted works portraying rites and rituals associated with Spanish Roman Catholicism. These included 'La Gloria: A Spanish Wake' (1864; Edinburgh, National Gallery) which he considered his finest work.

This work is currently on display in the Lee & James C. Slaughter Room at the Royal Academy of Arts and can be viewed by attending one of the free tours of the John Madejski Fine Rooms. Click here for further information about the tours

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