Richard Westall The Reconciliation of Helen and Paris after his Defeat by Menelaus exhibited 1805

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Artist
Richard Westall 1765–1836
Title
The Reconciliation of Helen and Paris after his Defeat by Menelaus
Date Exhibited 1805
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 1270 x 1010 mm
frame: 1472 x 1240 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1956
Reference
T00088
Not on display

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In Greek legend, the beautiful Helen was the wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta. Her affair with the Trojan prince, Paris, led to the Trojan War.Westall painted this picture for Thomas Hope, a fabulously wealthy collector of the antique and of selected contemporary art. Hope’s taste ran from strict neo-classicism to Romantic exoticism. The rooms of his London house were furnished and decorated to reflect various regions of the ancient world – Egypt and India as well as Greece and Rome. Westall modelled the figure of Helen on a Greek statue in Hope’s collection.

May 2007

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