According to Greek mythology, Alcestis, wife of Admetus, was willing to sacrifice herself so that her husband, who had angered Artemis, could live.

In Euripedes's play, 'Hercules Furens', Hercules, a guest at Admetus's palace at the time of his wife's death, goes after Death and wrestles with him for the body of Alcestis and wins her back.


Ernest Brown & Philips, London, Christie's 5/3/93 lot 94.

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12 Holland Park Road, London, Greater London, W14 8LZ
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Please note that Leighton House Museum will remain closed in 2020 for a restoration project, From Hidden Gem to National Treasure

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