Bust of Clytie by G F Watts

Bust of Clytie turning her head to look at the sun.


Height: 84 cm
Acquired in:
Presented by:
Lady Battersea through The Art Fund

The calyx of the sunflower, into which she seems to be changing, forms part of the base of the bust. The bust stands on a Greek marble pedestal. Clytie was the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, and after being deserted by her lover Apollo, she pined away and changed into a sunflower, which still turns its head towards the sun's course, as in pledge of her love.

Venue details

Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard, LONDON London EC2V 5AE 020 7332 3700 www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/guildhallartgallery

Entry details

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