The Prisoner of Chillon
Brown, Ford Madox
Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
53.2 x 64.9 cm
15 The Prisoner of Chillon 1843 Oil on canvas
Byron’s poem The Prisoner of Chillon tells of a sixteenth-century Geneva patriot imprisoned with his two brothers. Each was chained to a pillar. His brothers lost hope, wasted away and died. The gloomy interior lit by a shaft of sunlight evokes the ‘pale and livid light’ described by Byron.
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