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After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'Marguerite ‎à l'Église' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865025

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Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer, the prime version of which was created in 1832. Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, the image depicts Marguerite (or Gretchen) kneeling inside a church at mass. Her hands are stretched out and clasped in prayer, while her head rests on the pew. Her paying book lays on the floor. The dramatic scene has been interpreted as reflecting Marguerite's battle with her conscience following her seduction by Faust.

Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs