'Eurydice Fleeing from Aristaeus'

A female figure in a long white dress looks behind her as she moves through countryside with a snake on the ground

In attempting to escape from the clutches of Aristaeus, a rustic deity who was the son of Apollo and Cyrene, Eurydice met her death from the poisoned bite of a water snake. The subject may have been suggested to Romney by Lord Thurlow, or alternatively, it may have been seeing this cartoon at Cavendish Square when he came to sit for his portrait that prompted Thurlow to suggest the related subject of Eurydice floating back into hell (see cats. 74-75).