Study for 'Diana and Actaeon' by Thomas Gainsborough

This is taken from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' which describes the hunter Actaeon inadvertently happening upon the goddess Diana bathing with her nymphs.

Details

Medium:
Black & white chalk with grey & grey-black washes & gouache on buff paper
Dimensions:
27.4 x 36.4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£31,000
Acquired in:
1996
Vendor:
Henry Wemyss

Enraged that a mortal has seen her naked, Diana throws water at Actaeon, transforming him into a stag, which is subsequently devoured by his hunting hounds. This is the earliest of three surviving studies for the work in the Royal Collection.

Provenance

Sir Richard Wallace; Sir John Murray Scott; Lady sackville; Nigel Nicholson; Marchioness of Angsley; Hon. Rupert Paget; Sothebys.

Venue details

Gainsborough's House 46 Gainsborough Street, SUDBURY Suffolk CO10 2EU 01787 372 958 www.gainsborough.org

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