Night, or Nymph and Cupid, late 19th Century
James Pradier (1790-1852)
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum


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This marble figure shows a woman with her hair loose and holding her arms above her head. A shawl is held in her right hand, which drapes down around her legs and feet. Above her head are several stars indicating that this is night. The figure is of a nymph, who according to Greek mythology was associated with fertile growing things, such as trees or water. At her feet is the figure of Cupid.

It is one of pair, the other work also showing a nymph and Cupid, but entitled ‘Morning’, on the opposite side of the staircase.


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