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Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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Flanders, probably Brussels
CLASSICAL TAPESTRY
woven with classical figures in a landscape, within a four-sided compartmentalised border incorporating allegorical figures, with narrow inner and outer borders
wool, woven
approximately 336 by 252cm., 11ft by 8ft 3in.
early 17th century
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Catalogue Note

Classical Roman History tapestries of this period often combined figural compositions with figures in classical dress within borders that incorporated an architectural and compartmentalised design with allegorical figures and decorative floral motifs. They often depicted standing male classical figures in the foreground of a landscape setting with encampments in the background. For a larger Flemish tapestry composition of a Roman History subject, possibly Hannibal and Scipio, Brussels, 16th century, with standing figures and a soldier with his back to us carrying a package and his weaponry, as in the offered fragment, and variation of the compartmentalised allegorical border, see Sotheby’s, London, 17 May 1968, lot 9. There were variations to the head wear, and the cited example includes a figure with a Phrygian cap whereas in the present fragment there is a helmet with lion head detailing. For a set of six tapestries, in a similar border type to the present fragment, from The Story of Cyrus, Antwerp, circa 1590, see Paulina Junquera de Vega, Concha Herrero Carretero, Catàlogo de Tapices del Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1986, Vol. I, Siglio XVI, Serie 40, Pano I-VI, pp.290-296.

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London