William McTaggart (1835-1910)
Oil on canvas
116.6 x 98 cm.
Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Edinburgh, Accession no. 2000.107
McTaggart's diploma work, deposited in 1870, illustrates a scene from Tennyson's "Dora" of 1842. In this idyll, popular with the Victorians, Dora tries to reconcile her stern uncle to his daughter-in-law and grandson. [Commentary continues below.]
Text by Jacqueline Banerjee
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