Circe and Her Swine
- [Circe and The Friends of Ulysses]
- (1871), illustration from:
- Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham and Marion Harland. Character sketches of romance, fiction and the drama, vol.2. New York: E. Hess, (1892).
I have not yet found any information that attributes this illustration to a prior painting by Rivière, though I have found a version in a suspect color format. Rivière did work early in his career as an illustrator for books and magazines and I feel it is likely that “Circe and her swine” was only done as an illustration and the color version circulating is merely a color-retouched version of the original.
Also, while some reproductions of this image also give it the title “Circe and the Friends of Ulysses,” The book above titles it as I have, “Circe and her swine.”
About the Artist
Briton Rivière (1840-1920) was an Irish artist born in London, England. He was the son of William Rivière, the drawing-master at Cheltenham College, and afterward an art teacher at Oxford University and received the majority of his art training from his father.
Rivière’s work early on focused on animal-subjects which later occupied him almost exclusively. Rivière lived near to London Zoo, where he spent much time studying the physiology of animals. He painted glorified, romanticized choosing subject matters where he could include wild animals. Another specialty was sentimental, rather humanized paintings of dogs, which were immensely popular with the Victorian public. [DES-01/11]