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My final piece is a diptych acrylic painting on two A2 canvases depicting two plague doctors standing on the same street in different time periods. The doctor on the left is from the 1665 Great Plague of London, and the doctor on the right is from the 2020 coronavirus outbreak. The doctors share the same eye colour, which suggests that they could be related to each other, or they are the same person in different time periods. My final piece was inspired by William Hogarth’s paintings depicting challenging times in his lifetime. This inspired me to create a design depicting the hardships of the coronavirus, which became the biggest epidemic in the United Kingdom in the 21st-century, as well as showing the similarities of the Bubonic Plague, which was one of the worst epidemics to have ever affected London.

Josuha Gourlay


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