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Agrippina, surrounded by her children, weeping over the ashes of Germannicus

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1838,1110.34

  • Title (object)

    • Agrippina, surrounded by her children, weeping over the ashes of Germannicus
  • Description

    The widow, seated, mourns with her head resting against an urn inscribed with her husband's name, comforted by one of her daughters, who touches her neck; a naked boy stands at her feet, leaning back with his hand on his brother's head; behind two young women stand, their arms around each other, a young man beside them buries his head in his hands, another son at the left bows his head; a crown, laurels and a statue of an eagle in the right foreground; after Benjamin West (Staley 37); with scratched letters. 1774
    Mezzotint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1774
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 605 millimetres
    • Width: 429 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Etched with title, "from the original picture in the possession of A. Vesey, Esqr." and production detail: "B. West R.A. pinxit, 1773, London", "V. Green, Engraver in Mezzotinto to his Majesty, fecit", with publication line: "Publish'd by J. Boydell, Cheapside, July 25th. 1774."
  • Bibliography

    • Whitman 1902 180.I bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 Undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Imp)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1838

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1838,1110.34

The widow, seated, mourns with her head resting against an urn inscribed with her husband's name, comforted by one of her daughters, who touches her neck; a naked boy stands at her feet, leaning back with his hand on his brother's head; behind two young women stand, their arms around each other, a young man beside them buries his head in his hands, another son at the left bows his head; a crown, laurels and a statue of an eagle in the right foreground; after Benjamin West (Staley 37); with scratched letters.  1774  Mezzotint

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The widow, seated, mourns with her head resting against an urn inscribed with her husband's name, comforted by one of her daughters, who touches her neck; a naked boy stands at her feet, leaning back with his hand on his brother's head; behind two young women stand, their arms around each other, a young man beside them buries his head in his hands, another son at the left bows his head; a crown, laurels and a statue of an eagle in the right foreground; after Benjamin West (Staley 37); with scratched letters. 1774 Mezzotint

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