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Roger Payne
The Kingfisher Queen (Original) (Signed)

The Kingfisher Queen (Original) (Signed) by Roger Payne at The Illustration Art Gallery

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Artist: Roger Payne (biography)
Medium: Gouache on Board
Size: 11" x 15" (280mm x 380mm)
Date: 1977
Signature: Signed by Artist centre left

This is the Signed original Gouache painting by Roger Payne.

King Ceyx is drowned at sea; his wife Queen Halcyone unaware prays for his safe return. Hearing her prayers the goddess Hera asks Hypnos to tell the queen the sad news. On hearing the news the Queen rushes to the beach and sees her drowned husband exactly as it had been foretold.

Beside herself she leaps from a cliff. She didn't die but like her husband was transformed into a Kingfisher of Halcyone bird. It is believed by some sailors that on the seven calm days of the years you will be able to see Ceyx and Halcyone swimming together.

Legends of Ancient Greece: The Kingfisher Queen. From Look and Learn no. 825 (5 November 1977).


Roger Payne

Roger Payne