HUMANITY AND OUR HOME
Everything is at stake for our moral code must once more inform family life
And when did you last see your father? (1878), William Frederick Yeames
This piece represents a Roundhead (Parliamentarian) interrogation of a household that was aligned to the Cavalier (Royal) forces during the English Civil War. This has a number of connotations – does the boy lie or tell the truth? Does he condemn his father? If he lies, does he put the rest of the family at risk? It feels like a “no-win” situation, or at least, a conversation laced with traps.