Telesilla Defends Argos. A.M. 3512.

WAG 7703


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 1st May. Telesilla was a famous and respected 5th-century BCE poet. In legend, Telesilla is also known for mobilising the women, elderly and youth of Argos to defend it against attack from the Spartans.