Oil on canvas, unframed, 167.5cm by 117cm.
This was one of three paintings purchased by the 5th Earl of Exeter, (see also PICs 219 and 393), depicting aspects of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus attempted to rescue his dead wife Eurydice from Pluto, the god of the Underworld, through the exquisite beauty of his music, which nothing and no one could resist. His wish was granted, but he defied Pluto’s orders not to look back at Eurydice as she emerged from the depths, and so, as warned, she was lost to him forever. 1738 Inventory: ‘The Marble Saloon. Over the Chimney Eurydice in Flames, Cerberus guarding her, 6 Feet long, 3 Feet 9 Inches broad.”