The Cave of the Storm Nymphs

The Cave of the Storm Nymphs is a painting by British artist Edward Poynter, depicting three nude sirens or nymphs from Greek mythology that lure sailors to their deaths. Poynter painted two versions, one in 1902 and the other in 1903, with minor differences. The former is housed in the Norfolk's Hermitage Museum,[1] and the latter is in the private collection of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.[2] One of the depicted sirens is playing a golden stringed, tortoise-shell lyre, while the other two sirens rejoice amid the foundering ship, expecting to add to the cave’s treasure.

The Cave of the Storm Nymphs
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ArtistEdward Poynter
Year1902 (first version), 1903 (second version)
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions145.9 cm × 110.4 cm (57.4 in × 43.5 in)
LocationNorfolk Hermitage Museum (1902 version), private collection (1903 version)

In 1901, Poynter drew a preparatory study for the painting, housed in the National Gallery of Canada.[3] The study was donated to the National Gallery of Canada by Dennis T. Lanigan Collection in 2007.[3]


  1. ^ James F. Lee (9 January 2014). "Norfolk's Hermitage Museum, home to an impressive art collection". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Lot details". Bonhams. Retrieved 13 April 2015.