This is a study for 'The Rider on the Black Horse', one of the 'Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool). The subject was taken from Revelation 6: 1–8. The series was begun around 1868 and exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1883. Watts probably meant the horses to have allegorical significance: a contemporary suggested that 'The Rider on the Black Horse' was the spirit of Commerce.
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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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