- George Frederic Watts 1817–1904
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 298 x 349 mm
frame: 416 x 466 x 68 mm
- Presented by Miss Lucy Jarvis 1930
Both this picture and the one below constitute general evocations of the classical world. 'The Golden Age' is a term used to describe the happiest, most innocent epoch in the history of this world - held by some to have ended when Pandora opened her box. An imminent end to innocence is here signalled in the woman's tempting one of the children with an apple.
Gallery label, August 2004