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    Sale 5433

    Old Master & British Pictures & Old Master Drawings

    2 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 398

    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (Pennsylvania 1738-1820 London)

    Hector bidding farewell to Andromache and Astyanax

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    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (Pennsylvania 1738-1820 London)
    Hector bidding farewell to Andromache and Astyanax
    pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour, watermark Britannia
    9¾ x 7¾ in. (248 x 198 mm.)


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    The present watercolour shows a scene from the Iliad Book 6, 440-70. West painted at least four versions of this subject and executed a drawing, now in the Getty Museum (von Erffa and Staley, op.cit., no. 165). The present study, however, has a greater range of colour and provides a more intimate interpretation of the leave taking.

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    The artist's family, and by descent to
    Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, lot 12.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot is being sold with no reserve.


    Literature

    Supplement to La Belle Assemblée - A Correct Catalogue of the Works by Benjamin West, Esq., published in Bell's Court and Fashionable Magazine, otherwise known as La Belle Assemblée, 1808, no. 265. H. von Erffa and A. Staley, The Paintings of Benjamin West, New Haven and London, 1986, no. 163, note 4, p. 249.