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Pan and Syrinx, after Boucher
  • Jacques Charlier (1706 - 1790)
  • After François Boucher (1703 - 1770)
  • Pan and Syrinx, after Boucher
  • France
  • mid or late 18th century
  • Miniature
  • Gouache on ivory
  • Image size: 12.3 x 18 cm
    Frame size: 14.7 x 21.8 cm
  • Inscription: 'Charlier' In pencil inked over
    Inscription: '41' In ink
    Inscription: '13' In pencil
  • M59
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • The miniature, attributed to Charlier, derives from a painting by Boucher of 1759, now at the National Gallery (NG1090). It illustrates the story of Pan and Syrinx, told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, I: 689-713, according to which the nymph Syrinx was pursued by Pan (Greek god of woods and fields, flocks and herds) to the River Ladon. Here she is shown seeking help from her sister of the river, who reclines on an urn. Pan reaches forward to clasp Syrinx, just as she is transformed into the reeds on the river bank.

    The miniature diverges slightly from Boucher’s original, in the gesture of the river nymph and the inclusion of only one putto accompanying Pan, rather than two.