The painting is an autobiographical work showing the artist displaying one of his most successful works to his wife and son in their home.

The picture is Hunt's painting of a juvenile interpretation of the 'banquet scene' in Macbeth. When it was shown at the RA in 1864 the Art Journal described the scene depicted: 'A boy ghost, robed in white sheets, points the finger of avenging destiny towards the guilty Macbeth....The tale is capitally told, and the picture equally well painted.' A copy of the Art Journal placed on a chair in the painting references this favourable review, drawing attention to the painter's public success.

Provenance

N. Newman Ltd, 1962; Berry Hill Galleries Inc; Forbes Collection; Christie's, 2003 (unsold).


The Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8EA
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Opening times

The museum is now closed to undergo a major, transformational development project. It will reopen in spring 2020.

Throughout closure, the Geffrye's restored almshouse will remain open for tours and a full programme of events will be run in the front gardens.

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