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The Fisherman and the Syren

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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Frederic Leighton is the only artist to have been elevated to the peerage. At the early age of 48 he became president of the Royal Academy and a pillar of the Victorian art establishment and the classical school. This early work both illustrated and was inspired by a poem by Goethe, which tells the story of a mermaid who rises from the waters to complain to a fisherman that he is enticing her children to death.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol

  • Date

    1856–1858

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    66.4 x 48.9 cm

  • Accession number

    K1401

  • Acquisition method

    gift from the Honourable Mrs Charles Lyell, 1938

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