Counting the Cost

James Smetham, 1821-89


Oil on canvas

H 107 x W 91.4 cm

Collection: Walker Art Gallery

Accession number: WAG 2652

Bequeathed by Mrs J. A. B. Smetham, 1955

This seems to refer to St Luke 14, 28: "For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?" [Commentary continues below.] — Jacqueline Banerjee

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