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Augustus Egg, Travelling Companions, painted in 1862
Augustus Egg, Travelling Companions, painted in 1862

Augustus Leopold Egg (May 21, 1816 - March 26, 1863) was a Victorian artist best known for his modern triptych Past and Present (1858), which depicts the break up of a middle-class Victorian family. Travalling Companions by Augustus Egg File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Travalling Companions by Augustus Egg File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1816 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). ... 1863 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Raising of the Cross, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp A triptych (from the Greek tri- three + ptychē fold) is a work of art (usually a panel painting) which is divided into three sections, or three carved panels which are hinged together. ...

Egg was a member of The Clique, a group of artists founded by Richard Dadd and others in the 1840s. Egg sought to combine popularity with moral and social activism, in line with the literary work of his friend Dickens. With Dickens he set up the "Guild of Literature and Art", a philanthropic organisation intended to provide welfare payments to struggling artists and writers. He acted the lead role in a play written by Bulwer-Lytton to raise funds for the organisation. His self-portrait in the role is in Hospitalfield House in Arbroath. Henry ONeil, The Pre-Raphaelite, a satire on the Pre-Raphaelites painted by ONeil in 1857 The Clique was a group of Victorian artists founded by Richard Dadd. ... Richard Dadd (August 1, 1817 - January 7, 1886) was a Victorian painter of fairies and other supernatural subjects, depicting them with obsessively minuscule detail. ... Charles Dickens Charles John Huffam Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870), pen-name “Boz”, was an English novelist of the Victorian era. ... Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (May 25, 1803 - January 18, 1873) was an English novelist, playwright, and politician. ... The ruined Arbroath Abbey, built from local red sandstone. ...

Egg's early paintings were generally illustrations of literary subjects. Like other members of The Clique he saw himself as a follower of Hogarth. His interest in Hogarthian moral themes is evidenced in his paired paintings The Life and Death of Buckingham, depicting the dissolute life and sordid death of the Restoration rake. William Hogarth William Hogarth (November 10, 1697 - October 26, 1764) was a major British painter, engraver, pictorial satirist, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited as a pioneer in western sequential art. ... The English Restoration or simply Restoration was an episode in the history of Great Britain beginning in 1660 when the monarchy was restored under King Charles II after the English Civil War. ...

However, unlike most other members of The Clique, Egg also admired the Pre-Raphaelites, buying work from the young William Holman Hunt. His own triptych, known as Past and Present was influenced by Hunt's work. The triptych depicted three separate scenes, one depicting a prosperous middle-class family and the other two depicting poor and isolated figures - two young girls in a bedsit and a homeless woman with a baby. The viewer was expected to read a series of visual clues that linked together these three scenes, to reveal that the prosperous family in the central scene is in the process of disintegrating because of the mother's adultery. The two outer scenes depict the separated mother and children a few years later, now living in poverty. The paintings use of flashback - the central scene is occurring in the past - has been seen as a precursor of cinema. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of English painters, poets and critics, founded in 1848 by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt. ... William Holman Hunt - Self-Portrait William Holman Hunt (April 2, 1827 - September 7, 1910) was a British painter. ... Look up flashback in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Always in poor health Egg spent his later years in the warmer climate of continental Europe where he painted Travelling Companions, an ambiguous image of two near-identical young women, which has sometimes been interpreted as an attempt to represent two sides of the same person.

Egg was also an active organiser of exhibitions, being admired by fellow-artists for his dedication and fair mindedness. He was one of the organisers of the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition in 1857.

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