Friday: Cave of the Storm Nymphs

Sir Edward J. Poynter (1836 – 1919)
English, 1902
The Cave of the Storm Nymphs
Oil on Canvas

The Cave of the Storm Nymphs depicts the moment from Homer’s Odyssey when three alluring sirens successfully lure Odysseus’ vessel into their fatal trap.  As the ship breaks apart, the seductive figures writhe in a state of triumphant ecstasy.  This version of the scene was painted in 1902 as a study for a larger canvas, now in the private collection of Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Conservation Needs: Examination and solvent tests, consolidate any loose or flaking paint with an appropriate adhesive, surface clean to remove dust and grime, fill and tone losses, re-varnish surface, corrective reframing and installation of a backing board, surface clean frame, recast sections of frame, install new casting and finish to match original surface, photography and written documentation

Total Adoption Cost:

Painting: $2800

Frame: $1200

UPDATE: The Hermitage has received a number of inquiries regarding this painting since it was featured on Antiques Roadshow in November 2010. Our version is the very one Grant Ford dreamt of finding. We have been in contact with him in the past few months. Please check back here for additional photos and information on this important painting.

If you are interested in adopting the cost of conserving this masterpiece, please contact Lauren Northup, Curator of Collections, at ln [at]


4 thoughts on “Friday: Cave of the Storm Nymphs

  1. Good evening,
    I found this website when googling for something else. Please could you explain what it does?
    As to Cave of the Storm Nymphs: where is this 1902 study located, physically?
    And what do you mean by adoption costs?

  2. If ALWeber owns it, why doesn’t he fix it? Why would I be in the business of upgrading his collection? I’m sure if I presented to his door to see my adoptive project, he’d shut it in my face. Heh.

    • The painting in question is in the Hermitage Museum collection. A later, larger version of the same painting is in the collection of Andrew Lloyd Weber. We are raising funds to conserve our version, so it can hang in the public trust — and we would never shut the door in your face! Thanks.

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