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Helen (Flamma Troiae)

Drawing
ca. 1860 (made)
Artist/Maker

William Morris drew this design for one of a number of embroidered panels. It was part of an elaborate decorating scheme for the drawing room at Red House, Morris's home at the time. The panels were inspired by Chaucer's14th-century poem 'The Legend of Goode Wimmen' and depict various heroines, such as Helen of Troy, as seen here. The Latin word Flamma refers to the passions she excited as well as to the flaming torch she carries.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil and watercolour on paper
Brief Description
Drawing of Helen (Flamma Troia) by William Morris, ca. 1860.
Dimensions
  • Height: 124.7cm (Note: Frame dims are : H 1673 x W 993 x D 50 (mm)
  • Width: 62.4cm
Subjects depicted
Literary ReferenceChaucer's Legends of Goode Wimmen
Summary
William Morris drew this design for one of a number of embroidered panels. It was part of an elaborate decorating scheme for the drawing room at Red House, Morris's home at the time. The panels were inspired by Chaucer's14th-century poem 'The Legend of Goode Wimmen' and depict various heroines, such as Helen of Troy, as seen here. The Latin word Flamma refers to the passions she excited as well as to the flaming torch she carries.
Bibliographic Reference
Fagence Cooper, Suzanne, Pre Raphaelite Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, V&A Publications, 2003. 176p., ill. ISBN I 85177 393 2
Collection
Accession Number
E.571-1940

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record createdJanuary 8, 2004
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