John Lessore
Diana and Actaeon at the Byam Shaw 1987

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John Lessore born 1939
Diana and Actaeon at the Byam Shaw
Date 1987
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1522 x 1522 mm
frame: 1615 x 1615 x 76 mm
Acquisition Presented by the executors of the estate of David Wilkie 1993
Not on display

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This was inspired by Titian's painting, 'Diana and Actaeon' in the National Gallery of Scotland. It was the product of a teaching residency by Lessore at the Byam Shaw School of Art in north London, when the artist was teaching composition. Lessore got three of his students to act as models and to adopt the poses of the figures in Titian's painting. Lessore and his other students then amalgamated these poses into the composition of the paintings on which they were working. Unlike other Titian-inspired works in Wilkie's collection this work was therefore not a commission. Instead Wilkie acquired it after seeing it exhibited at the Royal Academy.

September 2004