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Benjamin West, P.R.A.
HECTOR TAKING LEAVE OF ANDROMACHE
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 2,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
222
Benjamin West, P.R.A.
HECTOR TAKING LEAVE OF ANDROMACHE
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 2,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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Benjamin West, P.R.A.
SPRINGFIELD, PA 1738 - 1820 LONDON
HECTOR TAKING LEAVE OF ANDROMACHE
Pen and brown ink;
inscribed lower right: B West
102 by 98 mm; 4 by 3 7/8  in
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Provenance

Sale, New York, Christie's, 9 January 1991, lot 33;
where acquired by the present owner

Catalogue Note

West has taken his subject, which is sometimes referred to as the Fright of Astyanax, from Homer's Iliad. Hector, the great Trojan hero, is preparing for battle and the time has come for him to take his leave of his wife, Andromache, and his young son, Astyanax

It has been suggested that the present sheet may be an early exploratory sketch for two paintings of this title, one of which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1771.1

1. H. von Erffa and A. Staley, The Paintings of Benjamin West, Yale, 1986, pp. 248-249, nos. 163 & 164

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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New York