The Bather 'At the Doubtful Breeze Alarmed'
Europe, United Kingdom, England
Manchester Art Gallery - Balcony Gallery
53.5 x 44.5 x 8.8 cm
Musidora: The Bather 'At the Doubtful Breeze Alarmed'
William Etty 1787-1849
Oil on canvas
Musidora is a character from James Thomson's The Seasons,
a four volume poem published in 1730
which retained its popularity well into the 1800s.
Here, we are invited to take the viewpoint of Damon,
another character from The Seasons,
who stumbles upon Musidora as she bathes in a stream.
This scene was a well established pretext
for painting the female nude.
It was repeated by Etty in numerous versions.
This example came from the collection of James Gresham,
a successful Manchester engineer.
James Gresham bequest 1917.261