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And When Did You Last See Your Father? (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)
Still a popular standby for political cartoonists, did William Yeames’ 1878 scene of an (entirely fictional) incident during the English Civil War catch the Victorian imagination via its wealth of 17th century historical detail and skilful reference to the work of Van Dyck, or because it illustrated a dramatic moral dilemma? Will its upright young hero tell the truth or deliberately hide it? This talk examines the appeal of the unresolved pictorial situation and looks at Yeames’ sources and career.
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