the corinthian maid

The Corinthian Maid” Joseph Wright of Derby, 1782-1784

The woman in this painting is tracing the shadow of her husband onto the wall whilst he sleeps; it’s apparent from this that he will be leaving for war.

In today’s age, we take and keep photographs of loved ones with us and this painting opens our eyes to the fact that this was still very much a human need back then.