The Greek god of the North Wind who lived in Thrace. He is depicted as being winged, extremely
strong, bearded and normally clad in a short pleated tunic. He is the son of Eos and Astraeus, and
the brother of Zephyrus, Eurus and Notus.
Boreas has two sons, two daughters and twelve mares which can race over the ground without
destroying the grain. When the Persian navy of Xerxes threatened the city of Athens, the Athenians
begged his assistance. The Great Wind of the Wintery North blew his anger at the Persians and 400
Persian ships sank immediately. Among other violent acts he abducted Oreithyia, the daughter of the
king of Athens, when she was playing on the banks of the Ilissus. In Latin, he is called
The reappearance of Waterhouse's Boreas in the saleroom in the mid 1990s caused a sensation as
it had been lost for 90 years. Called Boreas after the north wind in Greek mythology, the work
shows a young girl in a windswept landscape. In 1904 the Royal Academy notes described the subject
as: "In wind-blown draperies of slate-colour and blue, a girl passes through a spring landscape
accented by pink blossom and daffodils". Since then, the picture's whereabouts have been unknown
and it was referred to as "lost" in Anthony Hobson's 1989 biography of Waterhouse.
The painting was sold for £848,500 ($1,293,962) - the record price for a Waterhouse at the time.
The previous record was for Ophelia - sold for £419,500. The current record for a
Waterhouse is for The Awakening of Adonis (1899), auctioned in November 1998 for
£1,418,000 / $2,340,000 (est. $800,000 - $1,200,000).
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