The morning before the Massacre
J. M. Whistler
Wood engraving by Joseph Swain
5¾ x 4 inches
Once a Week 7 (16 August 1862): 210.
The illustration represents a poem by Walter Thornbury in which a Huguenot lady contemplates her marriage the next day, which she imagines as a purely happy event. However, Whistler takes up on the poem’s implications of forthcoming conflict and uncertainty. [Commentary continues below.]
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