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Death of Agamemnon; half draped bearded male figure of Agamemon in bath in centre of composition with water pouring from a fountain into pool, his wife's lover Aegisthus entering through doorway on right, handing axe to Clytemnestra, the wife of Agamemnon, with hand raised to receive it from behind, paintings on wall behind. 1837
Watercolour, bodycolour and some white oil and gum arabic over graphite sketch
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Height: 328 millimetres
Width: 482 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- David Scott was the son of an Edinburgh engraver and the older brother of William Bell Scott, the friend of the Pre-Raphaelites and author of a Memoir of his brother after his early death. Strongly influenced by his father's taste for the works of Fuseli and Blake, David Scott was always something of an outsider, both in his personality and his paintings.
Scott studied in Italy in 1832, paying particular attention to the work of Caravaggio and Michelangelo. On his return to Scotland he concentrated on paintings of historical and literary subjects, exhibiting mainly at the Royal Scottish Academy. Like all historical painters of the time, he found it a struggle to find purchasers for his work.
The original mount for this drawing was acidic and was removed. It was a dark wash with blue and gold lines, and is now kept with old mounts too large for dossiers in a portfolio in the department's outhouse store.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995-6 Nov-Apr, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.)
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- 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.
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