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Oil painting - Ganymede Feeding the Eagle
  • Ganymede Feeding the Eagle
    Evans, Richard, born 1784 - died 1871
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Ganymede Feeding the Eagle

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (possibly, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1822 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Evans, Richard, born 1784 - died 1871 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on paper laid on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case SOUTH WALL

According to Greek mythology, the god Zeus fell in love with the beautiful youth Ganymede. Taking the form of an eagle, Zeus carried him to Mount Olympus, where he became a cup-bearer to the gods. The artist lived for many years in Rome and tried to imitate ancient wall paintings. He made this sketch in preparation for an experimental fresco.

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

Italy (possibly, painted)


ca. 1822 (painted)


Evans, Richard, born 1784 - died 1871 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper laid on canvas


Height: 58.4 cm estimate, Width: 42.1 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by the artist, 1870

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Ganymede Feeding the Eagle' (study for a fresco), Richard Evans, ca. 1822

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 89
This object features in 'Out on Display: A selection of LGBTQ-related objects on display in the V&A', a booklet created by the V&A's LGBTQ Working Group. First developed and distributed to coincide with the 2014 Pride in London Parade, the guide was then expanded for the Queer and Now Friday Late that took place in February 2015.


Oil paint; Paper; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Cup; Eagle; Boy


Paintings; Gender and Sexuality


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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