Thomas Matthews Rooke, 1842-1942
Apollo and the Muses
n/d, oil on canvas, 52×52 cm
Private Collection (Christie’s)
The original frame inscribed in relief ‘Her royalties Polymnia lays down/dance on Terpsichore/Urania sees/the stars/go round/wan/dering sings Calliope/the pipes Euterpe culls from off the ground/Thalia mocks Melpomene who/arms herself for play/with weapons/of divin/ity/Erato’s/lyre/Apollo sounds/Clio knows/all man’s strange history’.