The three sisters of Phaethon weeping over the tomb of their brother
16 Nov 1793 - 09 Feb 1861
oil on canvas
63.5 x 91.6 cm stretcher; 76.0 x 104.0 x 7.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated on rock l.r, red paint "F DANBY 1845". Signed u.r., pen and black ink "...Fr Danby ARA".
Shown in 2 exhibitions
European masters and Australian painting from Australian collections:
European Old Masters 16th-19th Century from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 28 Sep 2017–03 Dec 2017
Jones & Cox, pre 14 Apr 1860
Christie's London, 14 Apr 1860, London/England, Offered by Jones & Cox at Christie's London, 14 Apr 1860, no 97 ('Three sisters weeping over the ashes of Phaeton'), but not sold.
R C Wilcox, pre 1939, By 1939. Consigned by him to Christie's, Jan 1939, but not entered in any sale.
Charlotte Frank, 1969-24 Jul 1970, London/England, In the collection of Charlotte Frank by 1969.
Frank Gallery, 1970, London/England, Purchased from the Frank Gallery, London, 1970.
Referenced in 13 publications
Eric Adams, Francis Danby: varieties of poetic landscape, 1973, p 181, no 55, illus fig 77.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, col illus p 25.
Patricia Crawford, History and legend in some selected paintings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1980, p 7, illus p 7.
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 45, illus p 45.
Renée Free, Art and Australia, vol 10, no 1, Art Gallery of New South Wales special number, 'European collection', Sydney, Jul 1972, pp 63–75: p 64.
Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 70, no 480, illus p 70.
Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1979, Sydney, 1979, p 9129 (22 June).
Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1979, Sydney, 1979, p 22.
European painting 16th to 19th centuries and Australian painting of the 19th century [in Russian], Moscow, 1979-1980, np, no 10.
Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1971, Sydney, 1971, p 5.
Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1971, Sydney, 1971, p 7405 (26 Mar).
Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1970, Sydney, 1970, p 7315 (26 June), pp 7323–24 (24 July), p 7329 (28 Sep).
Catalogue of a colleciton of ancient and modern pictures from different private collections, drawings and a few engravings, ..., London, 14 Apr 1860, p 6, no 97.