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The death of Epaminondas. Mezzotint by V. Green, 1774, after B. West.

  • West, Benjamin, 1738-1820.
Date
Feb.y 21. 1774
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548024i
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Epaminondas, as general of the Thebans, was killed at the battle of Mantinea against the Spartans. "Told that he would die when the point of the spear that had broken off in his chest was removed, he asked if his shield had been saved. ... Epaminondas, assured of the Theban victory and being shown the shield, declares, "it is time to die", and directs that the spearpoint be removed" (von Erffa and Staley loc. cit.)

Publication/Creation

London (Cheapside) : Publish'd by J. Boydell, Feb.y 21. 1774.

Physical description

1 print : mezzotint ; image63.3 x 51.2 cm

Lettering

Epaminondas. From the original picture in his Majesty's possession. B West pinxit. V. Green metzotinto engraver to his Majesty fecit

References note

Alfred Whitman, British mezzotinters: Valentine Green, London 1902, p. 131, no. 178
H von Erffa and Allen Staley, The paintings of Benjamin West, New Haven 1986, pp. 165-166, no. 5

Lettering note

The entire lettering is mezzotinted within the image

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 548024i

Reproduction note

After a painting by West commissioned by King George III for Buckingham Palace and completed in 1773; subsequently in the British Royal Collection

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