This is taken from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' which describes the hunter Actaeon inadvertently happening upon the goddess Diana bathing with her nymphs.
Study for 'Diana and Actaeon' by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 17841786
© Gainsborough's House
- Black & white chalk with grey & grey-black washes & gouache on buff paper Dimensions: 27.4 x 36.4 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- Acquired in:
- 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.
Sir Richard Wallace; Sir John Murray Scott; Lady sackville; Nigel Nicholson; Marchioness of Angsley; Hon. Rupert Paget; Sothebys.