Abrota, Her Garments Made the Model of Fashion. A.M. 2799.

WAG 7693


This is one of a group of drawings by British artist and book illustrator Edward Francis Burney, depicting scenes from Greek and Roman history and mythology. This composition was used for a headpiece in 'Le Souvenir', a memorandum book published by Suttaby, Evance, Fox, Richardson/London in 1825, on the page for 16th March. According to the Greek biographer Plutarch, on the death of Abrota (also known as Habrote), her husband Nisus, King of Megaris, commanded his female subjects to wear a garment exactly like the one she had worn.