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Sir Edward John Poynter


20 Mar 1836 - 26 Jul 1919




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


91.7 x 71.5 cm stretcher; 118.0 x 115.6 x 14.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., "EJP (artist's monogram) 1881".


Purchased 1968

Accession number


Artist information

Sir Edward John Poynter

Works in the collection


Shown in 10 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Lord Hillingdon, circa 1886, England

Sotheby's London, 29 Feb 1932-01 Mar 1932, London/England, Purchased by Triggs

Arthur Bryant Triggs, 01 Mar 1932-1936, Yass/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased from Sotheby's London, 29 February - 1 March 1932

A.B. Triggs Estate, 1936-Sep 1945, Australia, Sale by James R. Lawson auctioneers, 11-14 September 1945, lot no. 608

Sir Roy McCaughey, Sep 1945-1968, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from Sir Roy and Lady McCaughey 1968. Purchased by Sir Roy and Lady McCaughey from Lawson's Auctions, 11-14 September 1945, lot no. 608.

Referenced in 11 publications


Patricia Crawford, History and legend in some selected paintings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1980, 3 (illus.).

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 155 (illus.).

Renée Free and Peter Laverty, Victorian Olympians, Sydney, 1975, 24-25, 48 (colour illus.). 29

Lee Glazer and Linda Merrill (Editors), Palaces of art: Whistler and the art worlds of aestheticism, Washington D.C., 2013, 126 (colour illus.). fig.6

Bettany Hughes and Jonathan Cape, Helen of Troy: goddess, princess, whore, 2005, (colour illus.). fig. 22

Alison Inglis, Queens & sirens: archaeology in 19th century art and design, 'The Past is not a Foreign Country', pg. 4-5, Geelong, 1998, 5, 11, 16 (colour illus.). 7, plate 4

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 147. 1784

Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp and Groninger Museum, Femmes Fatales 1860-1910, Belgium, 2003, 92, 93 (colour illus.).

Ruskin, Art of England, 103.

Angus Trumble (Curator), Love and Death: art in the age of Queen Victoria, Adelaide, 2001-2002, 164, 165 (colour illus.).

Author Unknown, Collection of oil paintings and watercolour drawings, the property of A.B. Triggs, Esq. Yass, N.S.W., circa 1925, (illus.).