Daedalus and Icarus
attributed to Samuel Woodforde, RA (Ansford 1763 - Ferrara 1817)
Oil painting on canvas, Daedalus and Icarus, attributed to Samuel Woodforde, RA (Ansford 1763 - Ferrara 1817). According to the Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses 8:183-235, both Daedalus and Icarus were imprisoned on the island of Crete. The father, a skilled craftsman, made them both wings to escape. The older, bearded man, Daedalus, sits in a blue cloak with a rusty skin-tone and affixes a wing onto his son, Icarus, who, with a pale complexion, kneels on the right, wearing a white garment only around his lower body. Deadalus also gestures a warning with his left hand to the landscape beyond on the right. Another wing lies on the floor at his feet on the left.
Given to the National Trust along with the house, its grounds, and the rest of contents by Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Bt (1865 – 1947) in 1946.
Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
attributed to Samuel Woodforde, RA (Ansford 1763 - Ferrara 1817), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Henry Thomson RA (London 1773 – Portsea 1843), artist