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Agamenons Fight with Achilles. Baptismal Font, 1804
Carbonpencil, pen and ink on light brown paper. 280 x 422 mm
Inventory number: C23
The principal motif in this drawing is made with many tentative lines and is drawn within a rectangle, but it was never turned into a relief. The sketch for a font in the shape of a vase on a profiled base, on the other hand, was reworked in 1808-15 into a font in the form of a solid block decorated with reliefs on all four sides. Both the Homeric and the ecclesiastical range of motifs found approval in Herman Schubart, a Danish diplomat based in Naples and one of Thorvaldsen’s important early supporters.