Maiden In Chains

The chained maiden you see here is a detail from a larger 1840s English watercolor painting by an unknown artist, initials of “LHB”.

fine art painting of a sad woman languishing in chains

The somewhat imaginative and unhelpful gallery copy on the back suggested that the painting may have illustrated an 1838 novel “Leila” or “The Siege Of Grenada” by Sir Edward G.D. Bulwer-Lytton. (Ain’t he a mouthful?)

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2 comments on “Maiden In Chains”:

RC commented on June 20th, 2021 at 1:51 pm:

She knows what to expect. Two eunuchs will come in and carry her horizontally and lay her down on her back in the center of the room. The chain stretches her arms overhead. Then each eunuch grasps an ankle and spreads her legs. The auctioneer enters the room, her skirt is flung up, and he does a final check to assure himself she is still a virgin.

Females of all types are sold in the slave market, but some fetch a higher price than others.

Reader commented on July 8th, 2021 at 4:47 am:

Bulwer-Lytton… as in, „Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest“? If so, that author was something to experience, and the contest entries (especially in the erotica section) are brillant.

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