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Henry Howard (1769-1847) "Goddess Iris (Allegorical Portrait?)", Neoclassical Oil Painting, ca.1800

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Although unsigned, this wonderful romantical painting is an absolutely authentic work of the well-known English artist Henry Howard (1769 London - 1847 Oxford). A comparison with other paintings of this artist (see additional images) provides a convincing confirmation of the authorship.

The scene (is it an allegorical portrait of a young English lady?) with a young classical woman with wings, surrounded by angels and gliding along the rainbow, depicts the mythological goddess Iris. In Greek mythology she was a dauthter of Thaumas and the ocean nymph Electra and one of the Oceanids, a personification of the rainbow and messenger of gods. As the rainbow unites Earth and Heaven, Iris is a messenger of gods to men; in this capacity she is frequently mentioned in the Iliad.
Iris is usually represented as a youthful virgin with wings who hurries with the swiftness of the wind from one end of the world to the other, into the depths of the sea and the underworld. By command of Zeus she carries in an ewer water from Styx, with which she puts to sleep all who perjure themselves.

Henry Howard was initially trained by Philip Reinagle, whose daughter he married in 1801, and from 1788 studied at the Royal Academy. In 1791 he moved to Italy with a reference letter from Reynolds to the English ambassador Lord Hervey, made a stop in Florence, then went to Rome, and in 1794 via Venice, Vienna and Dresden returned to London. There he very soon became a popular historical and portrait painter and illustrator, regularly participating in exhibitions of the Royal Academy, British Institute, etc. In 1808 the artist joined the Royal Academy as real member. His works are displayed in major British museums.

Condition: good, lined.

Creation Year: ca 1800

Measurements: UNFRAMED:61,3x51,3cm/24,1x20,2in FRAMED: 80,0x70,0cm/31,5x27,6in

Object Type: Framed oil painting

Style: Old master paintings

Technique: oil on canvas

Inscription: -

Creator: Henry Howard
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 1769 London-1847 Oxford

Nationality: English / British


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