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Print of the Decoration on a Greek Amphora, showing Aphrodite driving Poseidon in a Chariot P. Bineteau

  • Curator’s description:

    Description

    The lithograph shows Poseidon and Aphrodite in a light chariot, drawn by four horses. It reproduces the decoration of a black-figure amphora then in the Rogers collection in London. The print was plate XV in the third volume of Lenormant and de Witte's "Elite des monuments céramographiques", published in 1858. It was presumably taken from Ruskin's copy of the work now preserved in the Ruskin Library (inventory no. 1996B2621), which is missing many of its plates.

    The print was first catalogued by Ruskin in 1871, when it appeared as no. 23 K in the Educational Series, placed in Case II, "Elementary Illustrations of Greek Design". It remained in the same position, although renumbered as no. 48, in the 1874 catalogue of the series, but does not appear in Ruskin's 1878 reorganisation of the series.

  • Details

    Artist/maker
    P. Bineteau (active c. 1857 - c. 1858) (printer)
    A. Rey (active c. 1844 - c. 1858) (lithographer)
    Object type
    print
    Material and technique
    watercolour and bodycolour over lithograph on wove paper
    Dimensions
    198 x 312 mm (stone); 264 x 350 mm (sheet)
    Inscription
    All printed, just outside the border of the image:
    top left: T. III
    top right: PL. XV.
    bottom left: Lith. de Bineteau.
    bottom right: A. Rey, sc.

    Recto, manuscript:
    bottom right corner, reading down the sheet, in ink: 15
    top, left of centre, in ink: Large Gold Frame long ways
    bottom right, in graphite: 4

    Verso, bottom left, the Ruskin School's stamp
    Provenance

    Presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; transferred from the Ruskin Drawing School to the Ashmolean Museum, c.1949.

    No. of items
    1
    Accession no.
    WA.RS.ED.048
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  • References in which this object is cited include:

    References

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. 23.K

    Lenormant, Charles, and Jean de Witte, Elite des monuments céramographiques: Matériaux pour l'histoire des religions et des moeurs de l'antiquité, 4 vols in 8 (Paris: Leleux, 1844-1861), vol. III, pl. XV

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21, cat. Educational no. 48

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 48

Location

    • Western Art Print Room

Position in Ruskin’s Collection

Ruskin's Catalogues

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