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A Group from the Rape of the Sabines

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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. The original painting was produced in Rome, around 1633–1634, for the maréchal Charles de Créquy I (d.1638). By 1762 the painting was owned by Henry Hoare II and was at Stourhead until it was sold by Sir Henry Ainslie Hoare (1824–1894) in the Heirlooms sale of 1883. It is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

National Trust, Stourhead



A Group from the Rape of the Sabines




oil on canvas


H 113.5 x W 109 cm

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gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946

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