Nymph

In Calypso Bloom contemplates "The Bath of the Nymph over the bed. Given away with the Easter number of Photo Bits: splendid masterpiece in art colours. Tea before you put milk in. Not unlike her with her hair down: slimmer. Three and six I gave for the frame. She said it would look nice over the bed. Naked nymphs: Greece." Like other images of nakedness inspired by Greek antiquity, notably the statues in the National Museum, this titillating demigoddess seems an incarnation of ideal beauty to Bloom, while simultaneously arousing his sexual desire. The tension between ethereality and carnality is dramatized in Circe when the Nymph steps out of her frame and confronts Bloom with his impure life. 

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Image reproduced in a supplement to the 14 April 1906 issue of Photo Bits, held in the British Library. Source: Tess Marsh, JJQ 30/31 (1993).

Jules Scalbert, Bathing, a painting reproduced in the 27 July 1907 issue of Photo Bits, also held in the British Library. Source: Marsh, JJQ 30/31.

Source: Back cover, JJQ 30/31.

Jules Scalbert, The Bath, painting displayed at the French Salon of 1913.
Source: Wikimedia Commons.