The Departure of Marcus Attilius Regulus for Carthage

A work made of pen and black ink, with brush and gray wash, and black chalk, heightened with lead white (discolored), on blue laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper, perimeter mounted on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink, with brush and gray wash, and black chalk, heightened with lead white (discolored), on blue laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper, perimeter mounted on cream wove paper.

Date:

1785/86

Artist:

Jacques Louis David
French, 1748-1825

About this artwork

Jacques Louis David, the Neoclassical draftsman and painter, submitted two compositions for the Salon of 1787, of which only one was accepted. This drawing, characteristic of his preference for Roman historical and allegorical subject matter, shows the central group for the rejected composition. David has depicted a moment of heroic self-sacrifice, when the consul Marcus Attilius Regulus left Rome to return to his martyr's death at the hands of the Carthaginians.

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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, with brush and gray wash, and black chalk, heightened with lead white (discolored), on blue laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper, perimeter mounted on cream wove paper

Dimensions

315 × 414 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1976.58

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