The Unrelenting Past (1900).

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From American Art News, vol. 17, no. 21 (1 March 1919): a portrait study of an old peasant woman by Annia Swynnerton, the technique delightful, the color warm and rich and the human appeal irresistible.

In The Evening News, 24 October 1933, the title is given as ‘The Unrelenting Path.’

It has also been referred to as ‘Thou Unrelenting Past’, which may come from a mid-1800s poemThe Past, by William Cummen Bryant: “Thou unrelenting Past! / Strong are the barriers round thy dark domain, / And fetters, sure and fast, / Hold all that enter thy unbreathing reign … In thy abysses hide / Beauty and excellence unknown; to thee / Earth’s wonder and her pride / Are gathered, as the waters to the sea.

LOCATION: NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA, OTTOWA.


 

 

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