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Three Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen

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These are the aristocratic Montgomery sisters – Barbara, Elizabeth and Anne. Their father was the Irish aristocrat Sir William Montgomery and they were known as the 'Irish Graces'. They are shown gathering flowers to decorate a statue of Hymen, the Roman god of marriage. Reynolds posed them in what he described as ‘a variety of graceful historical attitudes’. These were taken from the work of admired old master painters, such as the seventeenth-century French artist Nicolas Poussin.

Tate Britain

London


Date

1773

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 233.7 x W 290.8 cm

Accession number

N00079

Acquisition method

Bequeathed by the Earl of Blessington 1837

Work type

Painting


Tate Britain

Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG England

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