[from] TEN STUDIES FOR ‘THE RAPE OF THE SABINES’ c.1946–48 [T02042-T02051]
T02050 RAPE SCENE WITH RUNNING WOMAN 1947
Inscribed ‘Ceri Richards 1947’ b.l.
Pen and ink with watercolour on paper, 8 × 12 1/2 (20.3 × 31.4)
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…