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Hercules as Heroic Virtue Overcoming Discord

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Study for the ceiling of the Banqueting House, Whitehall.


1904, Fontaine-Flament, Lille, France; June 10, 1904, Fontaine-Flament sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 47, to Charles Sedelmeyer, Paris; June 3-5, 1907, Sedelmeyer sale, Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris, lot 42, to Giskoff [see note 1]. 1919, Marczell von Nemes, Budapest and Munich; March 19, 1919, Nemes sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 19, to François Monod (b. 1877), Paris. Dr. Fritz Rothman (b. 1893), London; by 1946, sold by Rothman to Agnew and Sons, London [see note 2]; 1947, sold by Agnew to the MFA for £2000. (Accession Date: December 11, 1947) NOTES: [1] The buyer's name is annotated in a copy of the auction catalogue. [2] According to correspondence from Agnew's to the MFA (August 31, 2004), Dr. Rothman sold the painting to the gallery. It was included in Agnew's Summer Exhibition (June, 1946), no. 18.

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Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund

about 1632–33


63.8 x 48.6 cm (25 1/8 x 19 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on panel