FLAXMAN, John
(b. 1755, York, d. 1826, London)

The Fury of Athamas

1790-94
Marble
Ickworth, Suffolk

The marble group depicts the dramatic moment when Athamas, King of Thebes, snatches his son Learchus from his mother and smashes him against a wall. The fact that Ino, his second wife, thirsted for the blood of his children by her first wife had driven him mad.