Catalogue entry

T01926 PALEMON AND LAVINIA c.1795

Not inscribed
Oil on canvas, 14 5/8×12 5/8 (37.1×32.2)
Presented by Mrs Montague Bernard 1974
Coll: ...; Christie's, 20 November 1964 (138), bought Maas

The scene, representing the wealthy landowner Palemon overwhelmed by the beauty of Lavinia as she is gleaning his fields in order to support her impoverished mother, is taken from ‘Autumn’ in James Thomson's The Seasons, which was first published in 1730.

This oil was engraved by John Corner (active late 18th century) for J. Chapman's edition of 1795, which was illustrated with designs by Singleton and Thomas Stothard R.A. (1755–1834). The painting was at one time attributed to William Hamilton R.A. (1751–1801), who illustrated three other editions of The Seasons between 1775 and 1802.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978