Ickworth: The Fury of Athamas


Located in the entrance hall at Ickworth is the white marble sculpture named The Fury of Athamas. The monumental sculpture is the work of the Neo-Classical British sculptor John Flaxman and was commissioned in 1790 by the Earl Bishop.

FuryAthamasAthamas was a Boeotian King in Greek mythology and the sculpture represents the scene from Ovid’s Metamorphoses when Athamas, driven mad by the gods, snatches his infant son Learchus from the arms of his mortal mother and throws him against the rocks.