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This picture shows the dead Icarus from Greek mythology. He is surrounded by lamenting sea-nymphs. His father, the craftsman Daedalus, made wings out of wax so that he and his son might escape from the island of Crete. But, overcome by pride, Icarus flies too near to the sun, the wax melts, and he plunges to his death. This is Herbert Draper’s most famous picture. He belonged to the generation of British artists that was influenced by French Impressionism but Draper devoted himself to the historical and literary themes of Victorian artists such as Edward Burne-Jones.

Tate Britain

London


Date

exhibited 1898

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 182.9 x W 155.6 cm

Accession number

N01679

Acquisition method

Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1898

Work type

Painting


Tate Britain

Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG England

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