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By a woodland pool, the nymph Dryope stoops to pick a flower, as described in Book 9 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. For Ovid subjects in this sketchbook see note to folio 13 (D05865). In the poem the episode shown here follows closely from the story of Hercules, terminating in his slaughter of Lichas depicted on folio 15 (D05867) and his own ensuing death. Dryope, who has been violated by Apollo, picks a flower for her son unaware that it is the chaste nymph Lotis, who has been changed into a flower while fighting off the attentions of Priapus. As punishment, Dryope will herself be transformed into a tree.
Blank save for some splashes of ink or wash and green watercolour