Hubert François Gravelot
Themistocles Asking Protection of Admetus
Brown ink over red chalk, on paper.
5 7/16 x 3 1/8 inches (138 x 79 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
Drawing signed at lower right, "H. Gravelot inv. et delin."
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
Gravelot's design is preparatory for an illustration to Charles Rollin's "The ancient history of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians, and Grecians" (first published in London: Knapton, 1738-1740). The scene depicts Themistocles, his hand resting on an altar, kneeling before King Admetus, with the King's son standing by his side; on the far right, is a young man with two dogs on leash.
Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.