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

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.

Gainsborough's House

46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU
01787 372 958

Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun from 11am Closed Good Friday, 24 Dec – 1 Jan

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