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Aristides requested by an illiterate Citizen of Athens, to whom he was Unknown, to sign the Ostracism for his own Banishment

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1875,0710.174

  • Title (object)

    • Aristides requested by an illiterate Citizen of Athens, to whom he was Unknown, to sign the Ostracism for his own Banishment
  • Description

    Aristides standing on the left, holding a stylus, asking the illiterate Athenian if Aristides ever did him wrong, to deserve his signing the ostracism, to which the man replies, pointing to the piece of pottery, that he is tired of hearing Aristides called 'The Just', after which the statesman helps the man to sign his name; in the background view through an archway of other citizens signing their names; after Kauffman. 1774
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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1774
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 502 millimetres
    • Width: 355 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title, reference, and "No. 8 / Angelica Kauffman Pinx. / W. Dickinson Fecit / Published May 24th 1774, by W. Wynne Ryland, Engraver to his Majesty, No. 159 near Somerset House Strand.".
  • Bibliography

    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Imp)

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Ostracism of Aristides from Athens
      482 BC
  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Lives
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1875

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1875,0710.174

Aristides standing on the left, holding a stylus, asking the illiterate Athenian if Aristides ever did him wrong, to deserve his signing the ostracism, to which the man replies, pointing to the piece of pottery, that he is tired of hearing Aristides called 'The Just', after which the statesman helps the man to sign his name; in the background view through an archway of other citizens signing their names; after Kauffman.  1774  Mezzotint

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Aristides standing on the left, holding a stylus, asking the illiterate Athenian if Aristides ever did him wrong, to deserve his signing the ostracism, to which the man replies, pointing to the piece of pottery, that he is tired of hearing Aristides called 'The Just', after which the statesman helps the man to sign his name; in the background view through an archway of other citizens signing their names; after Kauffman. 1774 Mezzotint

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