Frederick William Pomeroy The Nymph of Loch Awe 1897

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Artist
Title
The Nymph of Loch Awe
Date 1897
Medium Marble on onyx base
Dimensions Object: 267 x 641 x 229 mm weight 55.6kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1897
Reference
N01759
Not on display

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This subject was based on an old legend explaining the origin of Loch Awe in the Scottish Highlands. A nymph was asked to watch a magic well to check that the water did not rise above a certain height. She fell asleep, the water rose and she drowned. Dead or dying female figures lying prostrate on the ground were a popular subject in French art at this time. But they were usually more sensuous than Frederick Pomeroy’s figure. In contrast, he arranges the woman’s limbs to emphasise the weight and vulnerability of her body.

February 2010

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