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Venus directs her son Aeneas and his faithful companion Achartes to the city of Carthage and Queen Dido. She is disguised as a huntress, with a bow and quiver on her back. The two Trojan warriors have survived a storm after the Sack of Troy and have arrived on the coast of Africa. The scene is from an episode in the first book of Virgil's epic poem 'The Aeneid'. This painting was exhibited at the Royal Society of Arts in 1768 and at the first Royal Academy exhibition in 1769.
oil on canvas
H 127 x W 101.5 cm
accepted in lieu of death duties on the estate of Edmund, 4th Earl of Morley; transferred from HM Treasury, 1957