Daphne's Bath

Oil Painting
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In Greek mythology, the nymph Daphne escaped from the god Apollo by transforming herself into a laurel tree. As depicted here, another suitor, Leucippus, disguised himself as a girl to join Daphne and her companions when they were bathing, but was killed when his true identity was discovered.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
oil on millboard
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Daphne's Bath', George Frederick Watts
Dimensions
  • Height: 31.7cm
  • Width: 25.8cm
  • Frame height: 50cm
  • Frame width: 42.5cm
Style
Credit line
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Object history
Probably the painting by Watts Ionides mentions as ;study from nude' in his inventory, and valued at £150. Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides, 1900.
Subjects depicted
Summary
In Greek mythology, the nymph Daphne escaped from the god Apollo by transforming herself into a laurel tree. As depicted here, another suitor, Leucippus, disguised himself as a girl to join Daphne and her companions when they were bathing, but was killed when his true identity was discovered.
Collection
Accession Number
CAI.2

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record createdJune 17, 2003
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