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print study / drawing

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  • Description

    Clytemnestra interposing herself as Agamemnon has come to take their daughter Iphigeneia to the altar where she is to be sacrificed; Clytemnestra pulls Iphigeneia close to her and addresses Agamemnon, who stands on the left; on the right a maid weeps; a scene from Jean Racine's 'Iphigénie', Act IV scene 4; preparatory drawing to an illustration for an edition of Racine's works. 1815
    Pen, ink and brown wash


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  • Date

    • 1815
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 149 millimetres (sheet size)
    • Width: 98 millimetres
    • Height: 90 millimetres (image area only)
    • Width: 62 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed above image, in pencil: 'Iphigenie acte IV scene IV' and below: 'Ni crainte ni respect ne m'en peut détacher / De mes bras tout sanglants il faudra l'arracher'.
        Signed and dated: 'Choquet 1815', in pencil.
  • Curator's comments

    See 2011,7059.56 for comment.
    The figure of Agamemnon recalls that of Marcus Sextus on Pierre Narcisse Guérin's 1799 painting (Louvre 5180).

  • Location

    Not on display (French Roy XVIIIc)

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  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Iphigénie
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  • Acquisition notes

    This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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