AN ATTIC BLACK-FIGURED AMPHORA
CIRCA 500 B.C.
Side A: combat scene with six warriors fighting in three pairs, the central pair facing one another, the pairs either side with one warrior fallen to the ground, each wearing high crested helmet and greaves, carrying shields and spears, the scene continuing under each handle; side B: with central figure of Dionysos being handed a kantharos by a maenad, a dancing satyr either side; rays around the foot, tongues on the shoulder, double palmettes around the neck, details in added red and white, rim repaired
11 in. (28 cm.) high
Collection of William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877); and thence by descent to the present owner.
William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) is most famously known as the inventor of the negative/positive photographic process. In 1834 he was successfully producing photographs and, in 1835, the earliest known negative made in a camera which depicted a latticed window at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire. As well as pursuing his photographic interests, the polymath W. H. Fox Talbot was a prolific correspondent and a number of letters received by him refer to his interest in Etruscan (sic) antiquities (Greek vases were commonly thought to be of Etruscan origin at that time).