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Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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John Riley Wilmer
1883-1941
PICCARDA
signed and dated l.r.: J RILEY WILMER 1919; inscribed, titled in a cartouche and signed on the reverse: Number I./ PICCARDA/ JOHN RILEY WILMER./ "GAYHURST.," PENNANCE ROAD.,/ FALMOUTH., CORNWALL.
oil on canvas
123 by 192cm., 48½ by 75½in.
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Exhibited

London, Royal Academy, 1919, no.289

Catalogue Note

Piccarda is a character from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Sister of Corso Donati and of Dante's friend Forese Donati, she was the first person encountered by Dante in Paradise and the only person he recognised unaided. During her life she lived as a nun in a convent but was forced by her brother into an unhappy marriage with a Florentine man to strengthen her family’s political ambitions. Wilmer depicts her in the convent garden surrounded by monks, nuns and townspeople.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London