Gilbert Stuart Newton, R.A. 1794 - 1835
Abelard in his Study
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Abelard in his Study, 1833
Oil on canvas, 536 X 435 X 15 mm
Diploma Work given by Gilbert Stuart Newton, R.A., accepted 1833
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According to William Sandby, Newton’s Diploma work was his last painting. The subject combines Newton’s interest in literary learning, romance and historicism. It depicts the French 12th-century scholar, Peter Abelard in his study. A dialectician, philosopher, and theologian, Abelard is perhaps best known for his ill-fated romance with his student Heloise, which has been the subject of several operas.

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