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Oil painting - Ariel

Ariel

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (painted)

  • Date:

    1826 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Severn, Joseph, born 1793 - died 1879 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on millboard backed with canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:

    1410-1869

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, room 82, case WEST WALL

Severn took the image from Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, where the mischievous sprite Ariel sings:

There I couch when owls do cry.
On a bat's back I do fly…

He was a close friend of the poet John Keats in Rome, where this work was painted. He exhibited several paintings of Ariel at the Royal Academy. There is another in the V&A collection (see 1416-1869).

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

Rome (painted)

Date

1826 (painted)

Artist/maker

Severn, Joseph, born 1793 - died 1879 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on millboard backed with canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'Severn/Rome 1826'

Dimensions

Height: 24.7 cm estimate, Width: 38.1 cm estimate, Height: 41 cm frame, Width: 56 cm frame, Weight: 3.5 kg with frame, Height: 40 cm Frame, Width: 52.1 cm Frame, Depth: 5.8 cm Frame

Object history note

Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend, 1868

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Ariel', Joseph Severn, 1826

Materials

Oil paint; Millboard; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Ariel; Fairy; Bat

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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