It has been suggested that this scene shows Attila driving Beauty, Art and Pleasure before him, subject illustrated by Delacroix in a painting for the Library of the Chambre des Députés in Paris. Yet there is no apparent connection between the two pictures. This painting was formerly catalogued as by Delacroix as it carries a false signature of the artist, but the attribution is now rejected. The work was severely damaged by a flood in the Tate gallery in 1928.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
An Allegory
Date made
19th century
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
177 x 137 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Frédéric Mélé, 1908
Inventory number
NG2289
Location in Gallery