- Museum number
Clytemnestra and the Furies; at centre, a female figure wearing drapery, seen from behind with her arms raised and fingers pointing before her, a snake at her feet, surrounded by figures
Black chalk, on two conjoined sheets
- Production date
- 1782 (c.)
Height: 498 millimetres
Width: 630 millimetres (within mount)
- Curator's comments
- Two originally separate studies are here mounted together. They had been kepted folded, loose in the Remains of a Sketch-book by John Downman compiled by his daughter, Isabella Chloe Benjamin, and given to the museum by Millar. They were removed and mounted by Millar while in his collection.
The finished picture from these studies, 'The Ghost of Clytemnestra awaking the Furies' was exhibited by Downman at the Royal Academy, London in 1782, no.132. [See Williamson, G.C., John Downman ARA (London, 1907), p.lxiv; and Millar Catalogue, No 45 (P&D Cc.2.21)]. It was sold by Christie's on 18th November 1966, lot 123, and then sold to Paul Mellon in 1967. It is now in the Paul Mellon collection.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1969, BM, 'Royal Academy Draughtsmen 1769-1969', no.120
- Acquisition date
- 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.
- Prints and Drawings
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