Artemis and Hyperion

George Frederic Wattscirca 1881

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

This picture is described in the manuscript catalogue of Watts’s work compiled by his wife as ‘A nature myth of the Greek poets, Hyperion representing the sun, and Artemis his sister, the moon, who loved the Titan Orion’. A crescent moon below the cloud at the bottom is now barely visible. Artemis’s languid pose suggests the fading of the moon at the sun’s arrival.

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  • Title: Artemis and Hyperion
  • Creator: George Frederic Watts
  • Date Created: circa 1881
  • Physical Dimensions: 213.4 x 124.5 cm stretcher; 243.0 x 151.7 x 7.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: Lilian Chapman, George Watts' adopted daughter Ronald Chapman, by descent, son of Lilian Chapman Whitford and Hughes, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Whitford and Hughes 1983
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1983
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Object Other Titles: Hyperion
  • Artist Country: England