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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