"In the Bible (Hebrews, 6:19), hope is â€˜an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.â€™ Here [in Watts painting], Hope is blindfolded, seated on a globe and playing a lyre of which all but one of the strings are broken . . . Hopeâ€™s attempts to make music appear futile and several critics argued that the work might have been more appropriately titledDespair. Watts explained that â€˜Hopeneed not mean expectancy. It suggests here, rather, the music which can come from the remaining cordâ€™."