Thomson's Aeolian Harp

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A view overlooking the River Thames from Richmond Hill. The River bends in a backwards 'S' shape, small boats scattered along its length. Buildings line the far bank. The trees on the nearer banks are in full dark green foliage, and two groups of trees in the foreground stand prominently punctuating the blue-grey sky. A feathery tree to the left completes the composition. There are three loose groupings of figures in the foreground to the right, some near a golden harp mounted on a pedestal, others sitting around a stone plinth amongst classical ruins. The group of three barefoot female dancers holding hands in a ring are the Three Graces, and the four females who are decorating the harp are the Four Seasons. They all wear eighteenth-century classical dress.

Manchester Art Gallery



Thomson's Aeolian Harp




oil on canvas


H 166.7 x W 306 cm

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gift from HM Treasury, 1979

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