Latona Insulted by the peasants of Lycia.

WAG 7649


This is part of a group of drawings by British artist and book illustrator Edward Francis Burney, depicting scenes from Greek and Roman history and mythology. This composition was used for a headpiece in 'Le Souvenir', a memorandum book published by Suttaby, Evance, Fox, Richardson/London in 1825, on the page for 1st January. This tale features in the Roman poet Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'. Latona (Leto in Greek mythology), mother of Apollo and Diana (Artemis) and mistress of Jupiter (Zeus), was forced to flee because of the jealousy of Juno (Hera), her rival and Jupiter's wife. She stopped by a pool to drink but was prevented from doing so by local bystanders. In her fury she turned them into frogs.