Sunday, 19 June 2011

A Thought For The Day

"Had tall Achilles lounged in tent
For aye, and Xanthus neighed in stall,
The towers of Troy had ne'er been shent,
Nor stayed the dance in Priam's hall"

[A T AQuiller-Couch].

In today's picture is a depiction of the silver-gilt rendering of Achilles' shield, as described in the 18th Book of Homer's Iliad, designed and modelled by John Flaxman RA, and made by Philip Rundell, of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, Goldsmiths and Jewellers to King Geo. IV, for his coronation banquet. It is in the Royal Collection.

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