The Confidante

William Gale, 1823-1909


Oil on mahogany

Support: 248 x 171mm; frame: 442 x 360 x 46mm

Collection: Tate, ref. T00045

The Art-Journal critic, James Dafforne, thought that this shows "two young ladies, in a woody landscape, in earnest conversation (373-74). But the Tate reads it a bit differently, and there might be more here than first meets the eye. [Commentary continues below. Mouse over the text for links.]

Image acquisition and text by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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