|‘The Lion and the Mouse: Sweet Mercy is Nobility’s True Badge’, oil on canvas by Rebecca Solomon, monogrammed, 1865, in a gilt frame with ridged edges, thought to be original.
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|This painting depicts a young man who has been caught poaching and brought before the landowner from whom he has stolen. The young poacher stands near the centre of the painting. He is dressed in a sailor suit and is hanging his head in shame. His mother stands beside him, on the left hand side of the painting, weeping. She is holding his hand and, with the other hand, holding a handkerchief up to her face. The gamekeeper who apprehended the poacher can be seen standing behind him with a dead rabbit hanging from one hand. On the right of the painting the landowner is seated in an armchair. He is pointing a finger towards the poacher and his expression is extremely stern. A young, blond haired girl has put her arms around his neck and is looking into his face with a pleading expression. She is apparently asking for mercy for the poacher and his mother. Some details of the interior can be seen in the background: there is a bookcase, a picture hanging on one wall, which is decorated in a dark green colour, and the edge of a curtain can be seen just behind the landowner's chair.