The Art of …

… flowers, by Joshua Reynolds

A herm is a square pillared statue topped by a bust, and Hymen is the Roman god of fertility and marriage who sits atop this particular herm. The ladies are Barbara, Elizabeth and Anne Montgomery, daughters of Sir William Montgomery, who were known as the Irish graces.

Three Ladies Adorning a Herm of Hymen, 1773, Joshua Reynolds. Image from Wikiart.

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