Mother of Sisera
Albert Joseph Moore, ARWS (1841-1893)
Oil on canvas
25 x 36 cm.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
Bequeathed by Emily and Gordon Bottomley
Jamaican-born Fanny Eaton modelled for this poignant painting, in which Moore captures the mother's anxiety when her son fails to return home. [Commentary continues below.]
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Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee; the photograph was taken at the exhibition linked below, by kind permission of the National Portrait Gallery, London.