Hercules hurls the servant Lichas over a cliff, as described in Book 9 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. For Ovid subjects in this sketchbook see note to folio 13 (D05865). This is the third and last of the three depicting episodes in the life of Hercules, following on from the fateful slaying of Nessus and the exchange of his poisoned cloak depicted on folio 14 (D05866). Afraid Hercules has been unfaithful to her, Deianera has sent Lichas to her husband with the cloak as a gift, unaware it is contaminated. As its poison grips him, Hercules gathers his remaining strength to turn on Lichas and hurl him into the Euboean Sea; as Lichas falls he turns into a rock.
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