The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Horace and Lydia
  • Thomas Couture (1815 - 1879)
  • Horace and Lydia
  • France
  • 1843
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Object size: 38 x 46 cm
    Image size: 38 x 45.5 cm, painted area
    Frame size: 75 x 84 x 12 cm
  • Signature: 'T.C. / 1843'
  • P340
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • The Augustan poet Horace (65-8 B.C.) is shown with his mistress Lydia, to whom he addressed several of his Odes, and a servant pouring wine. He seems unable to choose between reason and passion. The subject anticipates that of Couture’s most famous painting, 'The Romans of the Decadence' (1847; Paris, Musée d’Orsay). A version of the Wallace Collection’s composition, in black and white chalks, was sold at Drouot Richelieu, Paris, 26 October 1994 (50).