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According to Roman legend, as told by the writers Plutarch, Livy and Virgil, Romulus decided that, to assure the future of Rome, his warriors needed wives. He tried to negotiate marriages with an unwilling local tribe, the Sabines. He organised a festival, as a ruse, whereby his men attempted to carry off the women. This is one of two distilled compositions copied from the group of warrior, old man, woman and child in the right foreground of Poussin's masterpiece.
oil on canvas
113.5 x 109 cm
gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946
National Trust, Stourhead
Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 6QD EnglandView venue
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