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Joseph Severn, 1793-1879
RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 32,400 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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100
Joseph Severn, 1793-1879
RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 32,400 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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Details & Cataloguing

The Chanter's House Sale - The Property of Lord Coleridge and a Coleridge family trust, together with the Property of Lord and Lady Norton removed from Fillongley Hall, Warwickshire

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Joseph Severn, 1793-1879
RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER
signed l.r.:J. Severn/Rome/1833
oil on canvas, in its original plaster gilt frame
71 by 133cm.; 28 by 52¼in.
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Provenance

Sir John Taylor Coleridge;
Thence by family descent

Exhibited

London, Royal Academy, 1839, No.264;
London, Royal Academy, Works by the Old Masters, 1880, No. 4 (lent by Lord Coleridge);
London, Royal Academy, 1893, No.15 (lent by Lord Coleridge)

Catalogue Note

The western wave was all a-flame
The day was well nigh done!
Almost upon the western wave
Rested the broad bright Sun;
When that strange shape drove suddenly
Betwixt us and the Sun.

The naked hulk alongside came,
And the twain were casting dice;
"The game is done! I've won! I've won!"
Quoth she and whistles thrice.

The subject of this remarkable painting is taken from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", published in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads in 1798. Lines 171 and 172, and lines 197 and 198, describe the moment when, as the sun sets, a skeleton ship appears on the horizon, on board of which are the figures of Death and Life-in-Death. These personifications throw dice for the souls of the crew of the ship, which had been cursed by the inexplicable cruelty of the ancient Mariner, who had killed the albatross which had previously safeguarded them. The soul of the ancient Mariner was won by Life-in-Death, while those of the rest of the crew were won by Death. The mariner's tortured existence was therefore fated to continue, whilst all his companions went straight to their deaths. This is one of the artist's most sublime creations and evokes comparisons with contemporary paintings by both John Martin and Francis Danby.

The Chanter's House Sale - The Property of Lord Coleridge and a Coleridge family trust, together with the Property of Lord and Lady Norton removed from Fillongley Hall, Warwickshire

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