A (Grecian/Roman) Wedding: washing the Feet ('Alcestis preparing to die')

British (English) School
National Trust Inventory Number 108795

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1759 - 1769
Materials Oil on canvas (grisaille) (circular)
Measurements 750 mm (diameter) (E)
Place of origin England
Collection Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, Midlands, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas (grisaille) (circular), A (Grecian/Roman) Wedding: washing the Feet, British (English) School. Round grisaille painting depicting scenes from an ancient Greek wedding- this one the third of a series of four - washing the bride's feet. Derived from Nova Nupta, in Pietro Santo Bartoli, 'Admiranda Romanarum Antiquitatum' (1693), fig. 59, from relief In aedibus DD de Valle - also simplified and in reverse of fig. 71 - entitled: SPONSA FLAMMEO LACRIMAS DETERGIT VNCTRIX VIRGINIS PEDES SPONGIA OBLINIT AD HIBITO ALABASTRI VNGENTO AC IVNONIS VNXIAE NVMAE.


Recorded in the Hall by 1769; bought with part of the contents of Kedleston Hall with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) in 1986 when the house and park were given to the National Trust by Francis Curzon, 3rd Viscount Scarsdale (1924-2000)

Credit line

Kedleston Hall, The Scarsdale Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1987)

Marks and inscriptions


Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist

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Periods 18th century (87812)
Maker British (English) School (3778)
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