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French School, 18th Century

Diagoras of Rhodes carried in triumph by his sons

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

French School, 18th Century

French School, 18th Century

Diagoras of Rhodes carried in triumph by his sons

Diagoras of Rhodes carried in triumph by his sons

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Lot sold:

20,160

GBP

French School, 18th Century

Diagoras of Rhodes carried in triumph by his sons


oil on canvas

unframed: 113.2 x 146.5 cm.; 44 1/2 x 57 7/8 in.

framed: 124 x 157.5 cm.; 48 7/8 x 62 1/8 in. 

The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is very slightly discoloured. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals the very thick and uneven varnish which makes intervention difficult to read. There are small, fine lines of retouching scattered throughout the composition to reduce the appearance of craquelure, as well as more concentrated areas: in the legs of the sons and the shadows around their silhouettes; in the youth wearing a laurel on the right - mainly his clothes, leg and the ground below him; a patch in the right side of the face of the old man furthest left; and scattered along the right and left margins. There appears to be wash retouching in the sky. This intervention as well as the uneven varnish does not impede the legibility of the image, which is ready to hang in its current state.


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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 2 May 2012, lot 152, where acquired.

Diagoras was an ancient Greek boxer who in the 5th century BC won two gold medals at the Olympics. His three sons also won gold medals and here he is depicted being carried around the Olympic stadium by two of his sons, as celebrated by Pindar (Olympian Odes VII). This was the chosen subject matter for competitors in the Prix de Rome in 1814. A very similar composition by Christophe Thomas Degeorge exists, today in the Musée d'art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand.1


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