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Aurora Quitting Tithonus in Her Chariot

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Aurora (the goddess of dawn) is shown leaving her aged husband, Tithonus, in her horse-drawn chariot. She holds a torch aloft, rolling back the clouds and turning night into day. She is preceded by a group of maidens called the Horae (goddesses of the seasons).

This grisaille (a grey-green monochrome colour) is after the fresco of 1621 in the Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, Rome. It was probably copied from an engraving, an example of which is at Dunham Massey.

National Trust, Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

near Chippenham


oil on canvas


H 43 x W 90 cm (E)

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gift from Matilda Theresa Talbot (formerly Gilchrist-Clark), 1948

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National Trust, Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2PG England

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