"Requiescat" by Briton RiviÃ¨re was painted in 1888, is a masterful presentation of noble death and devotion. Requiescat is an extract of the prayer Requiescat in pace or "May he rest in piece."Â RiviÃ¨re was one of the foremost Victorian animal painters of his day and was admired for his capacity to render a realistic physique of his subjects while infusing anthropomorphic virtues such as the loyalty portrayed by the hound to his late master. An interesting side note is thatÂ RiviÃ¨re used the armour of the effigy of the Black Prince in the Canterbury Cathedral as a model for the knight lying here.
A fallen knight's body with the loyal hound sitting in vigil.