|"Company of Thieves" 48" x 64" Oil on Canvas
Lowe’s inspiration for this work, the subject of
Fuseli's The Thieves Punishment, c.1772, and
William Blake’s The Punishment of the Thieves, c.
1824-27, illustrate a scene from Dante’s Inferno in
which thieves are eternally consumed and
transformed by serpents. Lowe’s stylized free copy
combines the original works in a harmonious splice
|between their overlapping compositions. The central figurative form of all white
unblemished attire, from George Romney’s A Boy, Called William Pitt, c.1778, meant
for a costume of 'innocence' a quality never again to be adorned by these misshapen
marploters. This juxtaposition intensifies the essence of its referenced parts in a
dramatic contrast of painting styles between Romantic portrait painting and the
anthropomorphic forms of Mannerist drawings.