[The Chosen Five.]
London, January 2nd, 1890, Published by Fairless & Beeforth, 126 New Bond Street W. Copyright Registered. Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1890 by Frank Hunter Potter, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington U.S.A.
Fine mezzotint on india paper with engraver's signature in pencil. 585 x 857mm. 23 x 33¾". Uncut. Mint.
The is also known as Zeuxis at Crotona. The ancient Greek painter Zeuxis, who in an attempt to portray the perfect beauty of Helen of Troy, invited the most beautiful women in the city of Croton to model for him. From these he selected five, taking from each their best physical features to make a composite ideal. Long's pendant to the present picture was a 'prequel' entitled The Search for Beauty, See ref:14093, in which the artist takes his pick of the available women on offer. The Painting hangs in the Russell Cotes Art Gallery And Museum Bournemouth England. For Companion see "Search for Beauty" ref:14093
[Ref: 14092] £420.00