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Barine (c1894). Sir Edward John Poynter (British, 1836-1919). Horace’s Faithless Barine is about a calculating temptress who breaks the heart of every man she meets, leaving only “a train of slaves [which] grows every day.” Poynter uses subtle symbolism: The maiden is crowned by red roses, traditional representation of passion, as she gently tears a love letter in two. The notion of “undying devotion” has fallen upon deaf ears as Barine coldly dismisses the token of love...."

Sir Edward John Poynter painting

Sir Edward John Poynter

The Athenaeum - At The Window (Sir Edward John Poynter - )

Detail from Edward John Poynter’s “The Festival”, 1875

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Portrait of Agnes Poynter (1867) by Sir Edward John Poynter