- Egg: Past and Present, No. 3 (custom print), 1858
- Augustus Leopold Egg
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- Presented by Sir Alec and Lady Martin in memory of their daughter Nora 1918
This is the third of a set of three modern-life pictures on the theme of a fallen woman. The other two are also in the Tate collection and are available as custom prints.
The theme of the triptych is the discovery of the woman’s infidelity and its consequences. In this third painting the moon occupies the same position in the sky, indicating that the scene is taking place at the same time. The children’s mother, now destitute, has taken refuge under one of the Adelphi arches, described by the Art Journal as ‘the lowest of all the profound deeps of human abandonment in this metropolis’. Under her shawl she shelters a young child, clearly the result of her adulterous affair, which is now over.
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