Sir James ThornhillThree Studies for 'Thetis in the Forge of Vulcan Watching the Making of Achilles' Armour' c.1710

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Artist
Sir James Thornhill (1675 or 76‑1734)
Title
Three Studies for 'Thetis in the Forge of Vulcan Watching the Making of Achilles' Armour'
Date c.1710
MediumInk, watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 254 x 400 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01551
Not on display

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T01551 Three Studies for ‘Thetis in the Forge of Vulcan, Watching the Making of Achilles’ Armour' c. 1710

Pen and wash over pencil on paper 253×400 (9 15/16×15 3/4); size of each drawing from left to right 160×106 (6 1/4×4 5/16), 154×110 (6 1/16×4 5/16), 156×109 (6 1/8×4 1/4)
Inscribed ‘Iron-Rowler 2 ftt|Brass for one lock|Hinge table|Chimney piece 10 high|House Office-’ in pencil above sketch on left, presumably in Thornhill's hand
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1972
PROVENANCE ...; Major Herbert Turnor, MC, of Stoke Rochford, Lincs., by descent to his daughter Mrs R.S. McCorquodale, sold Christie's 6 June 1972 (6, repr.) bt Baskett for the Tate Gallery
EXHIBITED English Baroque Sketches, Marble Hill House, Twickenham 1974 (30)
LITERATURE W.R. Omsun, ‘A Study of the Work of Sir James Thornhill’, PhD thesis, University of London 1950; Croft-Murray 1962, p… (read more)

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