St. Columba's Farewell to the White Horse
Date: 1868
Medium: Oil on board
Dimensions: 13 7/8 × 19 7/8 in. (35.2 × 50.5 cm) frame: 20 3/8 × 26 1/2 in. (51.8 × 67.3 cm)
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2011
Object Number: 2011-20
About: Alice Boyd was the one of two women in a ménage à trois with William Bell Scott, a Scottish painter and mentor to Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Like many of the women associated with the Pre-Raphaelite painters, Boyd was a competent artist. The subject is the medieval Irish missionary monk, St. Columba, shown in his exile in Scotland. He is bidding farewell to an old white pack horse which, having a premonition of the saint’s death, has come to receive his blessing.
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