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Ariel riding on a Bat

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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This painting, in ruinous condition owing to the bitumen with which it was painted, represents Ariel flying on a bat's back, holding a peacock's feather. The subject occupied Severn for over ten years: the first painting is dated 1826 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London) and he exhibited others in 1830, 1836 and 1838. This version was shown to enthusiastic reviews in 1830, when it was bought by Finch, who had already bought the preparatory sketch.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Oxford

Title

Ariel riding on a Bat

Date

pre 1830

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 53 x W 39 cm

Accession number

WA1921.6

Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Revd Robert Finch, 1830

Work type

Painting

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