‘Conscience’ depicts at the centre on a pathway two men - one in a torn shirt and trousers, hands bound and rope round his neck. The other, a soldier who restrains the man is pointing right to a large stone sculpture in the trees. “Conscience” is just legible on the plinth. At the foot of the sculpture two men are fighting, a third is lying down apparently asleep and a fourth leans against a tree swigging from a bottle. A young couple are also seen top right. A large man holding a jug sits on a mule; beside him a boy wearing the dress of a jester. Behind them left a man displays a tray of jewels to an elderly woman. On the right a woman in an ornate medieval blue dress admires a butterfly on her hand. A man with his back to a woman carrying a child watches her. A large gothic castle is seen among the trees to the left.

Frank Moss Bennett (1874-1952) was a British painter known for painting historic, religious and military scenes, most notably his posthumous portraits of soldiers killed during the First World War.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
oil on canvas
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Simple Name
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FM Bennett 1909
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914)
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Production Country
United Kingdom: England
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Frank Moss
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