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Head of the horse of Selene, from the east pediment of the Parthenon, formerly in an album; in profile to left, with separate studies of the eye. 1809
Black chalk, heightened with white, on grey paper
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Height: 554 millimetres
Width: 759 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This was one of the best preserved of the Parthenon sculptures and Haydon was fascinated by its realism and vigour. The formation of the eye in particular convinced him that the Greeks had made anatomical dissections, and followed his study of their work with his own dissections, later building the practice into his own teaching (see Brown and Woof, Haydon exh. Dove Cottage, Grasmere, 1996, no. 24).
For description of album see BM 1881-7-9-345.
From album 1881,0709.345-571
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1968, Jan-Feb, Detroit Institute of Arts, 'Romantic Art in Britain' no.145
1968, Mar-Apr, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 'Romantic Art in Britain', no.145
1972 Sep-Nov, London, Council of Europe, 'Age of Neo-classicism', no.640
1992 Jun-Nov, Essen, Villa Hugel, 'London 1800-38', no.269
1996 July-Nov, Grasmere, Dove Cottage, 'Benjamin Haydon' no.24
2012 24 May - 30 Sep, London, BM, 'The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot'
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