A requiescat is a prayer for the dead and comes from the Latin Requiescat in pace (‘R.I.P.’ – May he rest in peace). With Landseer, Rivière was one of the foremost Victorian animal painters, admired for his capacity not only to render the physique of his subjects, but also to invest them with semi-human virtues such as the heroic devotion displayed here. The armour is based on that of the effigy of the Black Prince in Canterbury Cathedral.


  • Title: Requiescat
  • Creator: Briton Rivière
  • Date Created: 1888
  • Physical Dimensions: 158.7 x 225.0 cm stretcher; 155.0 x 222.6 cm sight edge; 196.7 x 264.1 x 10.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Briton Rivière, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from the artist 1897-1898
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1897-8
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.l., black paint "18 BR 88"
  • Artist Country: England

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