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Preliminary studies for Flaxman's illustrations to Homer's "Iliad"; top, a study for the return of Ulysses and Diomede (Plate 15, "Iliad", XXIII. 216), and below the winds kindling the pyre of Patroclus (Plate 31, "Iliad", XXIII, 216), floating figures blow from above on the pyre. c. 1792-1793
Pen and grey ink, over graphite
Verso: Figure of Achilles holding out his arms to embrace the ghost of Patroclus
- Production date
- 1792-1793 (circa)
Height: 263 millimetres
Width: 191 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1888,0503.10 for two other versions of the subject of the return of Ulysses and Diomede; in this drawing and the bottom of the two on the sheet referenced above Flaxman appears to have been experimenting with the arrangement and actions of the principle three figures, Ulysses, Diomede and Hector. In the final engraving Flaxman horizontally elongated his composition, inserting a gap between the two groups of figures. Additionally, in the final engraving of the winds blowing the pyre of Patroclus, Flaxman included an extra figure representing the winds, so that there are two to the right and one on the left.
Both 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.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1982 Sep-Nov, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 'Artists in Rome', no. 24
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Iliad
- Acquisition date
- 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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