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Oil painting - Ariel: 'Where the Bee Sucks...'
  • Ariel: 'Where the Bee Sucks...'
    Severn, Joseph, born 1793 - died 1879
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Ariel: 'Where the Bee Sucks...'

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1826-1836 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on millboard

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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

Merrily, merrily shall I live now,
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.

He exhibited several paintings of Ariel at the Royal Academy. There is another in the V&A collection (see 1410-1869).

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


ca. 1826-1836 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques

oil on millboard


Height: 26.1 cm estimate, Width: 38.1 cm estimate, Height: 41.3 cm frame, Width: 56 cm frame, Depth: 6.0 cm Frame

Object history note

Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend, 1868

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Ariel - "Where the Bee Sucks . . ."', Joseph Severn, ca. 1826-1836

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 262


Oil paint; Millboard


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Butterfly; Fairy




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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