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'The Florentine Picture-Chronicle' page from the album (verso of 1900,0526.5): Hector standing in armour in a street in Troy with a page fastening a spur and another holding on to a rearing horse, the scene continued to the right-hand page (1889,0527.55)
Pen and brown ink, brown wash over black chalk
- Production date
- 1470-1475 (circa)
Height: 322 millimetres
Width: 223 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- In Greek legend, Hector was the eldest son of Priam, king of Troy, and of his wife Hecuba, the husband of Andromach and father of Astyanax. The drawing depicts the moment in Book 6 of Homer's 'Iliad' when Hector said farewell to Andromache and Astyanax for the last time. His wife begged him to be less rash and his son took fright from the sight of his father in armour. Later that day Hector was killed by Achilles and his body dragged behind a chariot.
Lit.: S. Colvin, 'A Florentine Picture Chronicle', London, 1898; A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 274, II, pls. CCXXXVII-CCXLI.
For Popham & Pouncey 1950 entry see 1889,0527.1
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
BM, 'Padua in the 1450s', 1998, no. 16 (this drawing on display)
BM, 2019-2020 21 Nov-8 Mar, London, BM, SEG, Troy (this drawing on display)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Popham & Pouncey 1950
Please see 1889,0527.1-95 for further provenance.
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