The Rape of Sabines, 1947 by Ceri Richards
Oil on canvas
85 x 110 cm
Signed and dated
Redfern Gallery, London (1948)
Collection of Sir Colin Anderson (1948).
Private collection, USA (until 2010).
Private collection, UK.
1954, Homage to Two Poets, Hatton Gallery, King's College, Durham University, Durham, cat. no.11 (and toured to City Art Gallery, Manchester and Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery, Swansea).
1960, Ceri Richards, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, cat. no.25, ill.pl.X.
‘The Rape of the Sabines’ preoccupied Ceri Richards for over three years (1945–49), and beyond, issuing a number of works exhibited at the Redfern Gallery in October 1948. These included nine line drawings, three watercolours and a total of nine oil studies, representing only a fraction of his output on this theme. In addition, Sanesi reproduces a number of black and white and colour monoprints for the series (1947) and a colour lithograph (1949) printed for the Redfern by the Curwen Press. In later years the artist returned to the theme in a number of works.
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