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The Rape of Helen

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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This is a 19th-century copy after a 17th-century original in the Louvre.

Helen was the the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta. Paris, a Trojan Prince, seduced Helen. This affair began the Trojan War. Accounts of their love story tend to differ. Some writers recorded that Helen fell in love with Paris. Others believed that she was unwillingly ‘abducted’ or ‘stolen’ from her husband.

Victoria Art Gallery



oil on canvas


H 264 x W 327 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1907.3

Acquisition method

gift from Sir Henry Hoare, 1907; on loan to the Guildhall, Bath

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Bridge Street, Bath, Somerset BA2 4AT England

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