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The Naiads

Photo credit: Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

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A scene by the sea, with a large shell containing two naked female figures fills the canvas, seagulls fly to and fro from the top right corner. There are allusions to Sandro Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus'. One of the females lies on her back with her hair flowing across the sand, both hands stretched out towards the birds, the other female is younger; a girl with tied-back hair raising herself up to look at the birds.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries



The Naiads




oil on canvas


H 144 x W 213 cm

Accession number

NCM 1885-2

Acquisition method

purchased from Abraham Dixon, 1885

Work type


Inscription description

G.Pagliei 1881

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG2 3NG England

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