Vitellius insulted by the populace. A.R. 819.

WAG 7741


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 dimensions for this object offer the drawing size. Paper size (8cm x 11.5cm) One of the inscriptions on the margin, November/No. 11, seems to refer to the month in a calendar for which Burney created this frontispiece drawing. He executed many headpieces of this kind for pocket calendars and memorandum books between 1796 to 1829. [See correspondence between Patricia Crown and Edward Morris, in the docket file] Vitellius (15 - 69 CE) was the third emperor during the civil war that broke out after Nero's death in 68 CE in the Year of the Four Emperors. He is shown being captured by the troops of Vespasian who succeeded him as the fourth and last emperor of the year. Vespasian reigned for 10 years until 79 CE.