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Sextus, (the Son of Pompey), applying to Erictho, to know the fate of the Battle of Pharsalia

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1866,1114.398

  • Title (object)

    • Sextus, (the Son of Pompey), applying to Erictho, to know the fate of the Battle of Pharsalia
  • Description

    Sextus at the cave of Erictho, starting back towards the right, and turning away his head, at the sight of the dead soldier which the witch calls up to tell him the fate of the battle, while she kneels on the right, looking manically at a bundle of snakes clutched in her right hand; after Mortimer. 1776
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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1776
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 604 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 480 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title, six couplets from the Pharsalia "Wroth as the Hag at ling'ring Death's delay ... And this barks downwards to th'Abyss profound", and "Painted by I. Mortimer / Engraved by R. dunkarton / Publish'd as the Act directs the 4th of June 1776 by W. Humphrey Gerrard Street Soho London".
  • Curator's comments

    The plate was later re-issued by Boydell on 4 July 1778 (impression with Christopher Lennox-Boyd)

    See D. Petherbridge, 'Witches and Wicked Bodies'. Exhibition catalogue Edinburgh 2013, cat No. 71

  • Bibliography

    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Atlas)

  • Exhibition history

    2013 Aug - Nov, Edinburgh, Scottish NG, Witches and Wicked Bodies
    2014-15, Sept - Jan. London, BM, Witches and Wicked Bodies

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Pharsalia (Bk 6)
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1866

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1866,1114.398

Sextus at the cave of Erictho, starting back towards the right, and turning away his head, at the sight of the dead soldier which the witch calls up to tell him the fate of the battle, while she kneels on the right, looking manically at a bundle of snakes clutched in her right hand; after Mortimer.  1776  Mezzotint

Sextus at the cave of Erictho, starting back towards the right, and turning away his head, at the sight of the dead soldier which the witch calls up to tell him the fate of the battle, while she kneels on the right, looking manically at a bundle of snakes clutched in her right hand; after Mortimer. 1776 Mezzotint

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