Presentiments by Emily Mary Osborn, 1828-1925. Oil on canvas, 34 1/2 x 45 inches; monogrammed. Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1859, no. 943. Various labels, inscribed on one:

For men must work
And women must weep
And there's little to earn
And many to keep
Though the harbour bar
be moaning — C. Kingsley

The fisherman must go out, despite the storm, to feed his family. The title of the painting warns us that he is not coming back. This, in 1850s Britain, would have been a starkly realistic scene that would have been familiar to many. The poem that inspired it was Charles Kingsley's "The Three Fishers."

Other works by Osborn


Maas, Rupert. British Pictures. London: The Maas Gallery. 2006. Catalogue number 61.

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