Peter de Francia born 1921
T04144 Prometheus Steals the Fire
Charcoal on paper 559 x 762 (22 x 30)
Inscribed ‘de Francia 82' b.r.
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1986
Exh: Drawings by British Artists: Peter de Francia, Carole Rebb and Thomas Newbolt, Forum Gallery, New York April-May 1983 (one of 1-6, 19)
Lit: Timothy Hyman, ‘The Drawings of Peter de Francia' in Peter de Francia, Painter and Professor, an Anthology, exh. cat., Camden Arts Centre 1987, p.15
See entry for T04143. Prometheus is shown trying to steal fire from the gods on Olympus, one of whom ineffectually tells two others to arrest him. The owl of Athena watches from the left.
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.137