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Oil painting - Hercules Slaying the Hydra
  • Hercules Slaying the Hydra
    Chéron, Louis, born 1660 - died 1725
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Hercules Slaying the Hydra

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1690-1725 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chéron, Louis, born 1660 - died 1725 ((painter) artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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Louis Chéron (1660-1725) was a French painter and illustrator who settled in England; his presence is first recorded in 1693, and he was naturalised in 1710. In Greek mythology Hercules slew several dangerous monsters, including, as his second labour, the nine-headed Hydra. Whenever he severed one of its heads, two grew in its place, until his nephew Iolaus seared the stumps with fire.

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


ca. 1690-1725 (painted)


Chéron, Louis, born 1660 - died 1725 ((painter) artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas


Height: 43.8 cm estimate, Width: 38.7 cm estimate, Height: 58 cm frame, Width: 53 cm frame, Weight: 4.5 kg with frame, :

Object history note

Purchased, 1870

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Hercules Slaying the Hydra', Louis Chéron (formerly attibuted to John Hamilton Mortimer), late 17th or early 18th century

Production Note

Previously attributed to John Hamilton Mortimer


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting




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