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Nymph and Cupids
  • Richard Westall (1765 - 1836)
  • Nymph and Cupids
  • England
  • Probably 1793
  • Painting
  • Watercolour on card
  • Image size: 29.7 x 38.5 cm
  • Signature: 'R. Westall 179[3]'
    Inscription: 'P757' Written in pencil
  • P757
  • Not on display
Further Reading
  • The subject of this watercolour, a medium for which Westall is particularly known, has previously been identified as Venus and Cupid, the Waking of Aphrodite and, more recently, Titiana (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream). However, the title Nymph and Cupids is now generally accepted as accurate – indeed, Westall seems to have been interested in this subject, having exhibited several oil paintings of the same name at the Royal Academy.
    The picture was acquired by the 3rd Marquess of Hertford, who hung it in his bedroom.