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Alfred Elmore "On the Brink"


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Alfred Elmore (1815-1881) was a Victorian history and genre painter. He was born in Cork, Ireland. His family moved to London, where Elmore studied at the Royal Academy of Arts. On the Brink is Elmore's best-known work. It was painted in 1865. It is a 'moral genre painting' It depicts a young woman who has lost her money gambling, with a seducer, - a satan-like figure, whispering corrupting thoughts in her ear.

13th Sep 2007

Art and Design, Citizenship, English, History, PSHE

Key Stages:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Creative writing, morality, light and dark, Victorians

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