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The Children of Niobe
The Trustees of the British Museum
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Children of Niobe
c.1755-60 (undated)
Black chalk and stump, heightened with white, on grey paper
263 x 396 mm
10 3/8 x 15 5/8 in
The scene takes place on an upland slope, with a bridge beyond on the left. At the right a youth is running in dismay to the dead body of a girl, lying foreshortened by the hollow trunk of a tree. Towards the left a young man is prostrating himself and a girl kneels with arms outstretched in supplication. Another figure approaches along the bridge at the extreme left.
London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (85)
Purchased from Walter Benjamin Tiffin, July 1847
Unsigned; no inscription
Verso invisible - laid down
P90C The Destruction of the Children of Niobe, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru
Apparently a study for an early version of Wilson's Niobe
Binyon 13; WGC, p. 161, pl. 21b; Solkin 1982, pp.199-200
Staining and rubbing upper left