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Duty (1883) by Edmund Blair Leighton is one of Leighton's earlier works of the early 1900's pre-Raphaelite Romantic art period.

Duty typifies the pre-Raphaelite painters who were inspired by Romantic writers and poets. Theses paintings returned to the direct study of nature and a pure color palette which gives the pictures a dramatic quality. The sentimental portrayal of figures is flowing costumes placed in lush settings give their work a unique flavor.

In this painting, a nobleman sits bewildered by the impossibility of reconciling principles and duties whil his wife looks on. In the background, is squire stands ready with the armor he must soon don, transforming him from a man of gentle nobility to a soldier in the service of his King.

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