Sir William Quiller Orchardson RA HRSA
The King’s Remorse
Size without frame: 38.5x28 in
This painting was exhibited No 265 at the Royal Academy in 1876.
Of Highland descent, Orchardson was a painter in oil of genre and portraits. Studied at the Trustees Acadamy under Scott Lauder and Thomas Faed. At first he painted historical genre taken mainly from Shakespeare and Scott but later turned to psychological dramas of upper class life. Moved to London in 1862 and began exhibiting at the RA the following year.
There is a theatrical quality in the way he groups his figures and the feeling he has for the value of empty spaces and the elegant postures of so many of the subjects. Armstrong wrote: “Orchardson does not cover so much ground as Hogarth, he does not hit so hard a blow as Rembrandt but the mantles of both touched him as they fell”.
The frame is inscribed:
“Pray I can not. – My words fly up,
My thoughts remain below: Words without
Thoughts, never to heaven go”.
Act III, Scene 3