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Telemachus, son of Ulysses and Penelope, is handed a flute by Termosiris. The latter is a priest; he wears along white robe and is also carrying a weighty book. A temple stands among trees in the background. The scene is an episode from the second book of François Fénélon's 'Les Aventures de Télémaque' (1699) of which Henry Hoare II (1705–1785), the owner of the picture, had a copy. This is one of eight exquisite paintings on copper now at Stourhead which were commissioned by the duc de Choiseul.
oil on canvas
H 109 x W 86.5 cm
gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946