t.c. gotch

Alleluia, by Thomas Cooper Gotch 1896

Along the top of the canvas, inscribed in Gothic lettering on a background of gold leaf, a Latin quotation reads: Sancti tui domine benedicent te gloriam regni tui dicent - Alleluya. The inscription is taken from Psalm xlvii: 6 and 7, which was printed in the catalogue of the 1896 Royal Academy exhibition: ’ “Sing praises to God, sing praises: Sing praises unto our King, Sing praises, For God is King of all the earth: Sing praises with understanding”.’