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Apollo Destroying the Children of Niobe

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Wilson made many drawings in Rome and Naples between 1750 and 1757 that later served as backgrounds for his mythological and history paintings. The subject is taken from the Roman poet Ovid's popular Metamorphoses. Niobe boasted unduly of her parentage, marriage, and fourteen children. The...

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By 1810 Hon. Charles Francis Greville, d. 1809; 1810/03/31 (0099) Greville sale (Christie's) London; 1810 - still in 1817, Col. Udney; bought at Greville sale. By 1832(?) - 1860 H.A.J Munro, (London, England; Novar, Highland, Scotland, UK) had at least two versions of picture one by 1832 and one by 1862; 1860/03/26 (0145) Munro sale (Christie's) London; 1860 - Wallis, bought at Munro sale [?Henry Wallis, dealer, d. 1892; checked Henry Wallis sale 1892/12/09 and Wallis and Son sale 1898/11/18 not in either]. By 1895 - 1904 James Orrock, (London, England, UK); 1895/04/25 (0321) London Orrock sale (Christie's) London; 1904/06/04 (0144) Orrock sale (Christie's); 1904 - S. T. Smith, (London, England, UK) bought at Orrock sale [address: 37 Duke St., St. James'; Samuel Theobald was the grandson of John Smith, the dealer; "John Smith and Son" was his firm. Samuel Theobal Smith, most commonly known as S.T. Smith was a dealer who d. April 1904; since he was already dead in 1904, "S.T. Smith" probably refers to the firm which was carried on by his son (name yet unknown) in 1905 as "S.T. Smith and Son" and was known to have existed at least until 1935]. By 1906 - Blakeslee Galleries (New York, NY, USA). By 1917 Denman Waldo Ross (Cambridge, MA, USA); 1917 - Boston, MA, USA. Museum of Fine Arts (gift of Ross) (Accession date: February 15, 1917)

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection


127.0 x 178.1 cm (50 x 70 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas