The Departure of Marcus Attilius Regulus for Carthage

A work made of pen and black ink and brush and black ink wash and opaque white watercolor with black chalk and touches of brown watercolor on blue laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink and brush and black ink wash and opaque white watercolor with black chalk and touches of brown watercolor on blue laid paper.

Date:

1785/86

Artist:

Jacques Louis David
French, 1748-1825

About this artwork

In David’s powerful study, the defeated Roman general Marcus Atilius Regulus, refusing the entreaties of his wife, insists on being sent back to Carthage to be executed. The relief-like drawing, seemingly carved from stone, boldly combines a sober setting and technique (black ink, white wash) with extreme theatricality, like a scene performed onstage.

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Artist

Jacques Louis David

Title

The Departure of Marcus Attilius Regulus for Carthage

Origin

France

Date

1775–1786

Medium

Pen and black ink and brush and black ink wash and opaque white watercolor with black chalk and touches of brown watercolor on blue laid paper

Dimensions

310 x 409 mm (sight)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1976.58

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