Henry Hugh Armstead
Hero and Leander c.1875

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Henry Hugh Armstead 1828–1905
Hero and Leander
Date c.1875
Medium Marble
Dimensions Object: 1257 x 1829 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by the artist 1906
Not on display

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This marble relief and the adjacent painting by William Etty show two episodes from the same classical story of two young lovers, Hero and Leander. Etty depicts the moment as the lovers say their final farewell: the moon in eclipse, symbol of impending disaster, foretells the tragedy of Leander's drowning. Armstead shows Hero embracing her dead lover, watched over by an eagle, symbol of Jupiter, the god who ordered the affairs of all other gods and men.

September 2004

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