ROBERT SCOTT IRVINE DA RSW SSA


“DEADLY NIGHTSHADE“ Exhibited at the R.S.W. Exhibition, 1941

In Britain the name of Deadly Nightshade is popularly given not to the rare shrub Atropa Belladonna with its dark purple flowers and large black berries, but to the Bitter-sweet or Woody Nightshade with its scarlet berries. The former here provides the central theme in a composition overspread with the sinister presence of Bellona, Goddess of War. Ruin is here-the plant often grows as a wilding among ruined buildings-and Atropos, last of the Fates, who severs the Thread of Life.