N01679 THE LAMENT FOR ICARUS c. 1898
Inscr. ‘Herbert J. Draper’ b.r.
Canvas, 72×61 1/4 (183×155·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1898.
Exh: R.A., 1898 (903).
Lit: A. C. R. Carter, ‘The Royal Academy, 1898’ in Art Journal, 1898, p.182, repr.; Sir Edward J. Poynter, The National Gallery, III, 1900, p.56, repr. p.57.
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1898, p.122.
An oil sketch is in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight. The first drawing and a study of a Naiad were included in the artist's exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, January 1905 (13 and 60).
Icarus, son of Daedalus, fell into the sea and was drowned when flying with his father from Crete over the Aegean. Daedalus, mythical sculptor, architect and inventor of flying, made wings for himself and his son, but Icarus flew too near the sun, the wax with which the wings were fastened melted and he was killed. The Icarian sea is named after him. The artist does not appear to have read the story carefully, as he has represented the wings still fastened to the body.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I