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Kelpies were supposed to haunt rivers and lakes, delighting in ca…


Kelpies were supposed to haunt rivers and lakes, delighting in causing the drowning of travellers and sailors. They were a popular theme for artists around the beginning of the 20th century, with many artists, however, seeming unaware of their sinister aspects and they were more often portrayed as harmless nymphs.
Draper’s Kelpie, although not overtly malevolent, seems more than a mere nymph. She retains an air of menace as she surveys her river.

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