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Diogenes by John William Waterhouse, 1882.

Waterhouse’s early success of the 1880s was based on classical subjects such as this which show a strong debt to Alma-Tadema. The most famous of the Cynic philosophers, Diogenes (412?-323 BC) pursued the ideal of eliminating non-essential luxuries, thus choosing to live not in a house but in a large tub. Supposedly he would stalk the streets of Athens with the lantern (here shown at his feet) vainly searching for an honest man.

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