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Preliminary studies for Flaxman's illustrations to Homer's "Iliad", two subjects; Achilles dragging Hector behind his chariot (Plate 32, "Iliad", XXIV, 15) with Apollo floating behind to protect the body from harm, and Hector's brothers kneeling round his ashes and gathering his bones ("Iliad", XXIV, 793), and a slight sketch for Scamander and Achilles. c. 1792-1793
Pen and grey ink, over graphite
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Height: 262 millimetres
Width: 189 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- In the top study, it is clear that Flaxman rethought the position of Apollo on the far left when it came to redrawing his composition in pen and ink; the graphite markings show that Flaxman had first depicted Apollo as fully airborne and horizontally parallel to the body of the Hector, whereas Apollo's left toe touches the ground in the overlaid pen and ink, the position in which the God is depicted in the final engraving.
Flaxman opted not to include the subject of Hector's brothers collecting his bones in the final published corpus of illustrations. The last engraving of the 1793 edition of the "Iliad" was the body of Hector being placed on the funeral pyre. The first and third subjects engraved by Thomas Piroli and published by J Matthews, 441 Strand, January 12th, 1795. The engravings are in the department (reg.no 1973,U.1189[1-40]).
See the curatorial comment for 1888, 0503.8 for contextual information regarding Flaxman's illustrations to Homer.
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Associated Title: Iliad
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- Acquisition notes
- Probably Flaxman sale, Christie's, 10.iv.1862/part of lot 165, 15 in the lot, 'The Iliad. "First Thoughts" for the Iliad; numerous beautiful small pen studies for most of the engraved subjects, on fifteen sheets' bt £9-9-0
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