OIL PAINTING: Andromeda
Andromeda by Poynter was highly acclaimed as a sophisticated single-figure composition that demonstrated skill in both draughtsmanship and colouring. In contrast to Millais' decidedly non-classical narrative of "The Knight Errant" Andromeda appeared sculptural and pure, maintaining her dignity in dire straits.
Tom Taylor wrote of the picture in The Times: "The subject has been painted time without number. None supplies a better motive for the display of idealised female form. Such work now appeals to a small and special circle, and the painter who obeys the propriety of his own specially cultivated imagination towards this unpopular and unprofitable domain of his art deserves all honours" (18 May 1870).