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
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.
Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 45, illus p 45.
Patricia Crawford, History and legend in some selected paintings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1980, p 7, illus p 7.
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 1979, Sydney, 1979, p 22.
Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1979, Sydney, 1979, p 9129 (22 June).
Francis Danby: varieties of poetic landscape, 1973, p 181, no 55, illus fig 77.
Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, col illus p 25.
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).
British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 70, no 480, illus p 70.
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.