Magnum Photos: Where Ideas Are Born, David Batchelor: Colour Is and our permanent collections will be open on Saturday 20 August. Due to a wedding taking place, our ground floor galleries will be closed on this day from 3pm. Sorry for any inconvenienced caused.
These two small paintings are oil sketches (known as bozzetti) that set out the composition for larger canvases. Priam in the Tent of Achilles depicts a scene from The Iliad by the Greek poet Homer, in which Priam, the King of Troy, implores the Greek warrior Achilles to return the body of his son Hector. The finished painting has been lost.
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