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image of Oedipus Cursing His Son, Polynices Henry Fuseli (artist)
Swiss, 1741 - 1825
Oedipus Cursing His Son, Polynices, 1786
oil on canvas
overall: 149.8 x 165.4 cm (59 x 65 1/8 in.) framed: 177.2 x 191.8 x 12.3 cm (69 3/4 x 75 1/2 x 4 13/16 in.)
Paul Mellon Collection
1983.1.41
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From the Tour: British and American History Paintings of the 1700s
Object 2 of 8

Provenance

Sold by the artist to William Roscoe, October 1791. (sale, Liverpool, 28 September 1816, no. 154, as Oedipus devotes to the Infernal Gods His Son Polynices...); purchased by Baxter.[1] (Maltzahn Gallery, London), in 1973; (Weiss Antiques, Zürich), in 1973; purchased 1974 by Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1983 to NGA.

[1] Hugh Macandrew, "Henry Fuseli and William Roscoe," Liverpool Libraries, Museums and Arts Committee Bulletin 8 (1959-1960), 22-23, 35 (appendix I, no. 6), as whereabouts unknown since the Roscoe sale in 1816.

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