This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1837. The ancient Greek grammarian and poet Musaeus is most famous for his poem on the lovers Hero and Leander. Leander swam the Hellespont to join Hero. When he drowned, she flung herself into the sea.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1775 - 1851
Full title
The Parting of Hero and Leander - from the Greek of Musaeus
Date made
before 1837
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
146 x 236 cm
Acquisition credit
Turner Bequest, 1856
Inventory number
NG521
Location in Gallery