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Oil painting - Scipio Africanus receiving his son

Scipio Africanus receiving his son

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (city) (painted)

  • Date:

    1832 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, George, born 1802 - died 1838 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Samuel Redgrave

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The subject of this painting, which seems uncommon in art, is from the Roman historian Livy's, History of Rome. The brother of the Roman Consul Scipio, Publius Scipio Africanus, lieutenant in the Roman army, had his young son captured by the enemy, whose leader was the Asian King Antiochus, hearing of Africanus's illness, sent ambassadors to return him to his father.

Physical description

Oil on canvas depicting several figures including a middle-aged man, seated and embracing a child. Behind the chair stand a black woman, a white woman and a child. In front of the chair are three male figures holding staffs, one standing and two kneeling.

Place of Origin

Rome (city) (painted)


1832 (painted)


Smith, George, born 1802 - died 1838 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

Signed 'Geo Smith 1832 Roma'


Height: 125.6 cm estimate, Width: 161.7 cm estimate, :

Object history note

Given by Samuel Redgrave, 1869

Historical context note

Descriptive line

Oil on canvas, 'Scipio Africanus Receiving His Son', George Smith, 1832.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 267


Oil; Canvas


Oil painting




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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