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The Trustees of the British Museum
John Charles Varrall (1795-1855) after Wilson
1836 (undated)
Etching and engraving
212 x 272 mm (sheet size)
8 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. (sheet size)
Niobe is kneeling in a clearing below rocks in an overcast landscape, her arm around her youngest daughter, looking up and defying Latona. Latona sits in clouds upper left, watching her son Apollo avenge her for the Theban Queen's boast that she was richer in her fourteen children than the goddess in her two. Apollo draws his bow to strike down another of the children, eight of whom are grouped near their mother, dead, grieving and dying, while a ninth tries, in vain, to flee on horseback across a bridge to left.
Purchased from Willis & Sotheran, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, 1861
Lettered below the image with the title, 'From the Original Painting by Richard Wilson in' The National Gallery.' | 'No. 1'; production detail: 'Engraved by J.C. Varrall' and publication line: Jones & Co. Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square, London.
D355 Figure Study for Niobe, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
E52 William Sharp and Samuel Smith after Wilson, Niobe, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
E54 William Sharp and Samuel Smith after Wilson, Niobe, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven
E79/1 Samuel Lacey after Wilson, Niobe, The British Museum
E86 William James Linton after Wilson, Destruction of the Children of Niobe, The British Museum
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P90B The Destruction of Niobe's Children, ex-National Gallery and other versions
This print is after P90B The Destruction of Niobe's Children, ex-National Gallery; destroyed 1944. It forms part of a series illustrating the collection of the National Gallery, London published in a catalogue by Jones & Co in 1836.
Anon: The National Gallery of Pictures by the Great Masters, presented by Individuals or purchased by Grant of Parliament, 1836, vol. 1, no. 1.