The Hunt (previously known as Diana and Her Nymphs)

Robert BurnsAbout 1926

Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The vibrant colours and patterns of this panel provide an exotic jungle-like setting for the Greek goddess Diana, and her nymphs. The wild birds and animals, including the striking leopards at the front, allude to her role as the goddess of hunting. The panel is filled with exuberant rhythm and energy characteristic of 1920s design. It was created as part of the ambitious first floor decoration for Crawford's Tea Rooms at 70 Princes Street, Edinburgh. Burns was responsible for every detail of the interior design from the murals to the cake-stands.


  • Title: The Hunt (previously known as Diana and Her Nymphs)
  • Creator: Robert Burns
  • Date Created: About 1926
  • Physical Location: Scottish National Galllery
  • Location Created: Scotland
  • Physical Dimensions: h 198.10, w 198.10 cm
  • Credit Line: Purchased 1987
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/copyright-image-licensing
  • External Link: See this work at nationalgalleries.org
  • Medium: Oil or tempera and gold leaf on canvas
  • Art Genre: Genre
  • Art Movement: Celtic Revival
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Canvas
  • Depicted Person: Diana
  • Depicted Topic: Jungle

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