Diana and Endymion
Diana and Endymion (after the painting by George Frederic Watts, R.A., H.R.C.A. 1817 - 1904). 1891. Mezzotint. Hardie 60. 17 3/4 x 22 (sheet 21 3/4 x 25). Edition 300. A rich, tonal proof printed on Japan paper. Exhibited in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, where it was awarded a gold medal. Signed in pencil by Watts and by Short. Signed in pencil by Watts and by Short. Housed in its original 28 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1-inch period brown wood frame with a gold lip
Exhibited in the Royal Academy, 1892, Summer Exhibition, number 1477. Short created several mezzotints after paintings by Watts.
Diana kisses the sleeping Endymion; her hand embraces his head. Endymion was a beautiful youth who fed his flock on Mount Latmos. One night Diana, the moon goddess, looked down and saw him sleeping. Warmed by his beauty, she came down, kissed him, and watched over him while he slept. Jupiter bestowed on him the gift of perpetual youth united with perpetual sleep. Diana, it was said, took care that his fortunes should not suffer by his inactive life, for she made his flock increase, and guarded his sheep and lambs from the wild beasts.
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