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PROPERTY OF A LADY

Edward Robert Hughes R.W.S.
THE TRANSFORMATION OF CALLISTO
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PROPERTY OF A LADY

Edward Robert Hughes R.W.S.
THE TRANSFORMATION OF CALLISTO
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Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Edward Robert Hughes R.W.S.
1851-1914
THE TRANSFORMATION OF CALLISTO
signed l.l.; E.R. Hughes RWS
watercolour with tempera on board
52 by 38cm., 20½ by 15¼in.
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Provenance

Peter Nahum, London, 1999 where purchased by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Although the present picture has traditionally been known as Lady Walking her Dog, it is likely to have a more poetic interpretation. The tattered classical gown which appears to be metamorphosing into hair, suggests that this maiden is Callisto, the daughter of King Lycaon of Arcadia, who was himself turned into a wolf. Callisto was one of Diana’s huntresses, transformed by Juno into a bear when she discovered that the nymph had been seduced by Jupiter who later transformed her into the constellation Ursa Major. Hughes had painted Callisto in another watercolour entitled The Nymph Callisto, dressed in the same dress and here she seems to be at the moment of transformation as her once-faithful hound pulls away from her.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London