The Stygian Lake, with the Ireful Sinners Fighting 1824-27
pen, ink and watercolour over pencil (NGV 8)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria
Inferno VII, 106-26. Dante and Virgil enter the fifth circle of Hell and come to the Stygian marsh or Styx, in which they see the Wrathful and the Sullen smiting each other not just with their hands but also with their heads, bodies and feet; the sobs of those below the water make its surface bubble.