This actress’s daughter was the much younger mistress of which famous writer? The great British art quiz

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This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions. Today, our questions are set by Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead. The Williamson has a broad collection specialising in British art and decorative art, particularly local to the Merseyside and North Wales area, and with a strong maritime slant with many ship models on show.

You can see art from Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead on Art UK here. Visit the museum’s website here.

The mythological sorceress Medea became a popular subject for artists at the end of the 19th century and had been a regular character on stage since ancient Greece. According to legend, who was her husband?


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The Battle of Waterloo was by the celebrated animal painter Thomas Sidney Cooper, painted in 1847. He painted it speculatively and hoped that as a result he would receive commissions to paint pictures for a government building in London. Which building?


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James Hamilton Hay was an adventurous painter at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries who died young. In this painting you can see he became heavily influenced by what artistic movement?


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One of the great maritime disasters of the Victorian age allegedly gave rise to the order “Women and children first” when this ship sank off the coast of South Africa. This painting shows the sinking of which ship?


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This self-portrait by Philip Wilson Steer is a sketch for a finished portrait in one of Europe’s leading galleries that has an exceptional collection of more than 1,600 artists’ self-portraits. Which gallery?


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Samuel Walters painted most of the ships built at the Laird family’s shipyard in Birkenhead in the 1860s. This controversial ship caused a great deal of damage to shipping across the oceans, raising money for the Confederate cause in the US civil war. What ship is it?


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This is a portrait of the early-19th-century actress Frances Jarman. Her daughter Ellen rather scandalously became the mistress of a very famous writer. Who was it?


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Will C Penn named this painting of his children The Good Companions after a popular novel and stage play by whom?


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