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Henry Howard (1769 - 1847)

Phoebus in his Car, preceded by Aurora / and the Morning Star led on by the Hours, / - jocund to run / His Longitude thro' Heav'ns high road, / The Zephyrs are sporting in his Train.

1836

Oil on mahogany panel

Height: 80.6cm
Width: 250cm

Inscription: None

Museum number: P1

Curatorial note

Fixed within a recess in the ceiling of the Library; held in place by ball moulding surrounding the panel. The 1837 inventory describes it as 'On mahogany panel, in gilt frame'.

A letter from the artist to the Trustees of the Soane Museum in February 1837 mentions that the picture had been fixed in a temporary manner when installed so as to allow for its later loan to the Royal Academy exhibition.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Commissioned from the artist in 1836.

Literature

Soane, J, Description of the House and Museum of Sir John Soane, 1835, p.7
Bryan's Dictionary of painters and engravers, London 1904
Haydon, B. R., Autobiography and Memoirs, 1926
Bolton, A. T. (ed.) The Portrait of Sir John Soane, RA, 1927
Redgrave, R. and S., A century of British Painters, 1947
Panofsky, D. and E., Pandora's Box, 1956, pp. 102-105
Summerson, J. and Watkin, D., John Soane, Academy Editions,1983
Thornton, P. and Dorey, H., A Miscellany of objects from Sir John Soane's Museum, 1992, p.122, p.124
Watkin, D., Sir John Soane: Enlightenment Thought and Royal Academy Lectures,1996
A New Description of Sir John Soane's Museum, 11th revised edition, 2007, p. 10
A Complete Description of Sir John Soane's Museum (revised and renamed), 2014

Exhibition history

Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1837


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