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Pen and Ink Drawing - Perseus Returning the Eye to the Graiai

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1960P30
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1790 - 1800

Maker Information

Artist:Henry Fuseli - View biography for Henry Fuseli


This drawing may be compared with a design of 1761 (Hamburg, Kunsthalle), where Perseus is shown stealing the single eye from the Graeae. Here, in returning it, Fuseli depicts all three sisters and this is believed to indicate that he is following Appolodorus's version of the myth, rather than that of Ovid (Apollodorus, II, 4, 2).

Purchased in 1960.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pen, ink, and wash on paper.


Height:190 mm
Width:169 mm