Sir Samuel Luke Fildes, R. A. (1844-1927)
Oil on canvas
65 x 50 cm
Guildhall Art Gallery (Accession no. 1774)
Presented by L. V. Fildes, 1967
In the Old Testament, Naomi finds herself a widow in a strange land, and has to bear the loss of both her sons as well. Head held high, she must have been a poignant but inspiring figure for those facing similar losses at the outbreak of war in 1914. Naomi will find great solace in her closeness to her daughter-in-law Ruth and her grandson Obed. Click on the picture to enlarge it; commentary continues below.
Reproduced courtesy of the Corporation of London