Echo and Narcissus, 1903
Oil on canvas, 42 7/8 x 74 3/8 inches (109 x 189 cm)
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
In Greek mythology, the unhappy nymph Echo was condemned to repeat the last words spoken to her. She fell in love with the beautiful youth Narcissus. He rejected her and was punished by falling in love with his own reflection. He was trapped by the sight of his own beauty and died. Yellow narcissus flowers grew where he died and Waterhouse has included these in the painting - Echo and Narcissus.