Henry Perronet Briggs The First Interview between the Spaniards and the Peruvians exhibited 1827

Artwork details

Artist
Henry Perronet Briggs ?1791–1844
Title
The First Interview between the Spaniards and the Peruvians
Date Exhibited 1827
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1448 x 1956 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00375
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1810

Display caption

This painting shows an episode from the Spanish conquest of Peru in 1632. The Inca king, Atalhuellpa, is questioning Christian beliefs in front of the chaplain of the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro. A struggle ensued during which the king was captured and many Incas were slaughtered.

Briggs was one of the few consistently successful history painters of his generation. This picture was exhibited at the British Institution in 1827. Briggs had shown an earlier version of the subject at the Royal Academy the previous year, when it was highly praised, and bought by a friend of Turner's, William Wells of Redleaf.

September 2004

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