The Rape of Deianara.
Oil on canvas.
116cm by 164.5cm.
In myth, the centaur Nessus attempted to abduct Dejaneira, the wife of Hercules, after he had carried her across the river Evenus.
This painting dates from 1706-7, thus cannot have been purchased by the 5th Earl, although it is very much to his taste. It is therefore thought to have been bought by the 9th Earl in the 18th Century.