John Liston Byam Shaw A.R.W.S., R.I.
Kneeling at the tomb of her deceased husband, a grieving young widow is suddenly interrupted by the impish figure of Love, who mischievously beckons her away from her wifely duty to follow him. While the exact source of the scene is unknown, John Liston Byam Shaw sought artistic inspiration in literature and history and often painted compositions with a clear narrative or underlying moral, perhaps inspired by his Pre-Raphaelite forbearers.
The Lure was one of ten works exhibited in 1906 at Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell’s Gallery in London, where Byam Shaw’s work was regularly shown. In the artist’s biography, Rex Vicat Cole described Dowdeswell’s show as "a remarkable exhibition of work, executed at the high-water mark of [Byam Shaw’s] technical achievement" (Cole, p. 144).
William Rodman & Co., Belfast
Sale: Sotheby's, London, December 19, 2001, lot 101, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale
London, Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell's Gallery, 'The Neglected Invitation' and Other Pictures by Byam Shaw, April 1906
Rex Vicat Cole, The Art & Life of Byam Shaw, London, 1932, p. 144