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Lord Leighton PRA, Tracing for 'Perseus and Andromeda'

Tracing for 'Perseus and Andromeda', by ca. 1891

Lord Leighton PRA (1830 - 1896)

RA Collection: Art

This group includes tracings, drawings and a sketch model, all preparatory studies for two of Leighton's paintings based on the same myth, 'Perseus and Andromeda' (ca. 1891, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) and 'Perseus on Pegasus Hastening to the Rescue of Andromeda' (ca. 1895-6, Leicestershire Museums).

In Greek myth, Andromeda was the daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiope of Ethiopia. When the Queen boasted that Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids (the daughters of a sea god, Nereus), Poseidon retaliated by sending floods and a sea-monster to attack Ethiopia. Eventually, in order to placate the creature, Cepheus and Cassiope were forced to sacrifice their daughter. Andromeda was chained to a rock but she was rescued by Perseus before the monster could reach her.

Three of the studies, two drawings and a sketch model for the first painting 'Perseus and Andromeda' reveal Leighton's preparatory work for the complex, twisting female figure. He returned to the same myth several years later with 'Perseus on Pegasus Hastening to the Rescue of Andromeda'. This composition omitted Andromeda altogether to focus entirely on Perseus on the winged horse above a rocky coastal landscape.

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Object details

Title
Tracing for 'Perseus and Andromeda'
Artist/designer
Lord Leighton PRA (1830 - 1896)
Date
by ca. 1891
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Black chalk on tracing paper
Dimensions

298 mm x 173 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
04/719
Acquisition
Given by Mrs Matthews 1896 and Mrs Alexandra Orr 1896
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