Fête for the Nymphs of the River Naethus

Samuel Hieronymus Grimm, 1767

WAG 8143

About this object

This work is one of two illustrations by Grimm for Salomon Gessner's (1730 - 1788) book 'Daphnis', first published in 1754. At the beginning of book I, the shepherdesses gather to try to please the nymphs of the river Naethus so that the river will not flood their fields. It is on this occasion that Daphnis falls in love with Phyllis. At the end of book II the couple marry.

Grimm's early poetry shares with Gessner's writing a pastoral, idyllic and sentimental approach, together with an emphasis on "a return to nature". They may have known each other in Switzerland between 1750 and 1765. Both contributed to Adrian Zingg's (1734 - 1816) 'Das Stammbuch'. Grimm's contributions are dated February 1766 and Gessner's 30 May 1766. Grimm was in Paris between 1765 and 1768; by then Gessner's works were well known there, 'Daphnis' having been first published in French in 1764.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (Swiss, born:1733-01-18 baptism, died:1794-04-14)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Pen; Ink; Watercolour; Gouache; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 24 cm x 32.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of people gathered in the foreground near the entrance of a cave on the left. Boats are moored on the river bank on the right and trees fill the background.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Fine Art Society (Previous owner); Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8143
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: 1960
    How acquired: Bought at Sotheby's on 26 October 1960, Lot 52
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 91
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    Inscription location: Mount; Back
  • Inscription text: S.H.Grimm fecit 1767
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    Inscription location: Centre; Front
  • Inscription text: Fine Art Society, 91, April 1961
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    Inscription location: Backing
Object view = Fine Art
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