Fannia & her Mother Arria banished to a desert Island. A.R 844.

WAG 7744


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 Pocket Remembrancer', a memorandum book printed by J Cary for Godwin in 1807, on the page for 1st March. Arria the Younger was the daughter of Arria the Elder, who committed suicide after her husband was condemned to death in 42 CE. Arria the Younger's own husband was condemned to death in 66 CE, while Arria herself was banished by Emperor Domitian. Fannia, daughter of Arria the Younger, was also exiled under Domitian's rule.