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Ajax, (painting)

Artist:
Hamilton, James
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 75 (Sale info: $450.00).
The "Ajax" is, in these days, when most people laugh at the word sublime, a dizzying influence of sublimity; it is a Homeric picture, painted with Homer's love of the sea, of the storm, and of heroism. [P. 4.] The night that Troy was taken he violated the sanctity of Minerva's Temple; and for this offence, as he returned home, the goddess, who had obtained the power of the tempests from Neptune, destroyed his ship in a storm. Ajax swam to a rock, and defied the gods. Such impiety offended Nepture, who with his trident struck the rock, which fell with Ajax into the sea. [P. 14; price noted by a contemporary hand.]
Catalogue of Paintings: From the Studio of James Hamilton, R.A. Now arranged for Exhibition at No. 1220 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, where they will be sold at Auction on the evenings of April 21st & 22nd, 1875, under the Direction of Messrs. James S. Earle & Sons. J.M. Rutherford, Auctioneer. B. Scott, Jr. will conduct the sale. Philadelphia: McLaughlin Brothers, Book and Job Printers, 112 and 114 South Third Street. 1875.
Artist professional affiliation: P.A.
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Ajax
Disaster--Shipwreck
State of Being--Death
Waterscape
Control number:
AECI 01340060
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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