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Sir Joseph Noël Paton (1821-1901)

Home (The Return from the Crimea) Signed and dated 1859

RCIN 406954

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A wounded soldier returns to the warmth of his home and is welcomed by his wife and mother, whose clinging pose calls to mind a Christian lamentation scene. Gruesome souvenirs of war, including a Russian enemy helmet, contrast with symbols of a more peaceful life – the sleeping infant and fishing rod suspended overhead.

Commissioned by Queen Victoria and presented to Prince Albert at Christmas 1859

No. 68