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Sir Edward John Poynter, Bt., P.R.A., R.W.S.
DIOMEDES CARRYING THE PALLADIUM FROM TROY
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Sir Edward John Poynter, Bt., P.R.A., R.W.S.
DIOMEDES CARRYING THE PALLADIUM FROM TROY
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Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Sir Edward John Poynter, Bt., P.R.A., R.W.S.
1836 - 1919
DIOMEDES CARRYING THE PALLADIUM FROM TROY
bears the artist’s studio stamp l.r.
brown chalk
28 by 20cm., 11 by 8in.
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Provenance

Christie’s, London, 22 May 1990, lot 15 where purchased by Seymour Stein

Catalogue Note

This drawing was probably made as an initial idea for an incidental detail in the background of Helen of Troy of 1881 (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney) but later rejected in favour of a scene of the city aflame. Diomedes was the King of Argos and according to Homer he stole from the Trojans the Palladium, a statue of Athena, an act which prophecy foretold would lead to the fall of the city. In the finished painting, the Palladium can be seen behind Helen.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London