[from] TEN STUDIES FOR ‘THE RAPE OF THE SABINES’ c.1946–48 [T02042-T02051]
T02047 RAPE SCENE IN A CAVERNOUS SETTING 1946
Inscribed ‘Ceri Richards '46’ b.r.
Pen and ink, with watercolour and wax crayon on paper, 7 × 9 1/4 (17.8 × 25.1)
Purchased from the Artist's Estate (Grant-in-Aid) 1976
Frances Richards told the compiler that the theme of ‘The Rape of the Sabines’ arose directly out of Richards' work on a three-part lithograph illustrating Dylan Thomas's poem ‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower’, commissioned by Poetry London in 1945 and published in the magazine that year (Vol.3). This poem had also inspired his earlier ‘Cycle of Nature’ series, with its plant and animal-derived images of fruitfulness and sexuality, as well as an oil of that title…