Frederic Leighton

Actaea, the Nymph of the Shore

1868
In Greek mythology, Actaea was one of the Nereids or sea nymphs, the fifty daughters of the sea god Nereus, who lived in the Aegean. She is portrayed watching her dolphin companions from the shore. Such classical references allowed the Victorians to accept this erotic image. The distant coastline is one that the artist recorded while visiting Rhodes in 1867.
Title
Actaea, the Nymph of the Shore
Date
1868
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
57.2 x 102.2 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Gift of the Savile Gallery, London, England, 1930
Accession number
3721