Henry Fuseli

Amavia finds her knight, Sir Mordant, bewitched in Acrasia's Bower of Bliss

Amavia finds her knight, Sir Mordant, bewitched in Acrasia's Bower of Bliss by Henry Fuseli
Amavia finds her knight, Sir Mordant, bewitched in Acrasia's Bower of Bliss by Henry Fuseli

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In Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Book II, Acrasia represents Intemperance, and her ‘Bower of Bliss’ is the honey trap in which she transforms her prey into monstrous animals. Sir Mordant is shown in a state of trance, awaiting his fate. Fearful of what may happen, his wife Amavia entrusts her newborn child Lucina to Diana and Juno, divine protectors of women and infants. Although she then restores her husband, the seductive Acrasia (seen here in the form of a mermaid) goes on to poison him, and overcome with grief, Amavia takes her own life.

Title
Amavia finds her knight, Sir Mordant, bewitched in Acrasia's Bower of Bliss
Artist/creator
Production date
1810
Medium
pencil pen with grey wash
Dimensions
310 x 398 mm
Inscription
Q.E. [Queen's Elm] 29th April. 10
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/75
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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