Oil Paintings. The Rape of the Sabines, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 802-803
These are two of a series of three pictures on this subject, painted by this celebrated artist for J.B. Crocker, of Sacramento. No. 803 is The Capture; No. 802, The Entreaty; and the third, yet unfinished, is to be called The Reconciliation. The historical facts are as follows: During the first year of the Roman Empire, its whole population consisted of men. King Romulus therefore sent to the Sabines, to propose an alliance, by marriages of their daughters with his subjects, which was scornfully rejected. Knowing wives to be a necessity, to secure the duration of the State, they resolved to have them at all hazards. Whereupon the King, with the approbation of the Senate, proclaimed a festival, to which the Sabines were invited. At the day appointed the latter flocked to the place designated, and while they were intent upon the ceremonies, the Romans, with drawn swords, rushed upon their visitors, and made the women captives. When they were a little recovered from fright, the King, in an address, assured them of the honorable intentions of his people, and their captors behaved toward them with so tender an affection that they soon surrendered their hearts to those men to whom fortune had given possession of their persons. [Pp. 134-135.]
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