John Frederick Herring

Mazeppa Pursued by Wolves (after Horace Vernet)

1833

In Tate Britain

Artist
John Frederick Herring 1795–1865
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 559 × 762 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Art Fund 1958
Reference
T00188

Display caption

Ivan Stepanovych Mazepa (1639-1709) was a Ukrainian military leader, known for his stand against the Russian empire. His story captured the imagination of many writers and artists in the nineteenth century. This painting is inspired by Byron’s epic poem Mazeppa. It recounts the legend of the young man’s journey through the wilderness, strapped naked to an untamed horse as punishment for an affair. Herring was perhaps drawn to the subject as he specialised in animal painting. It is a close copy of French artist Horace Vernet’s popular representation of the wolf chase.

Gallery label, October 2020

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