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The Death of Epaminondas

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  • Title (object)

    • The Death of Epaminondas
  • Description

    The Theban general sitting outside his tent draped in a white cloth and wearing a helmet, fainting back into the arms of his officers, right hand on a spear-point which pierces his side, about to draw it out knowing that he will then die, being assured of victory when soldiers on the left bring him his shield, surrounded by mourning soldiers, who point towards the sky, one carrying a billowing standard of a sphinx; after West (Staley 5). 1774


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  • Date

    • 1774
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 480 millimetres
    • Width: 607 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Scraped within the image "B West pinxit / Publish'd by J. Boydell CCheapside Feb. 21. 1774 / V. Green Metzotinto Engraver to his Majesty fecit".
  • Bibliography

    • Whitman 1902 178 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Portfolio)

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  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Battle of Mantinea
      326 BC
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