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Ariel riding on a Bat

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of 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.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



pre 1830


oil on panel


H 53 x W 39 cm

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Bequeathed by Revd Robert Finch, 1830

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