Painting in the Wallace Collection, London

Hilary Spurling: “Anthony Powell”, p 280

“In the bottom corners of the canvas two baby boys play with grown-up toys (Time’s hour-glass, and an equally symbolic clay pipe for blowing bubbles). Two even tinier figures at the top represent a couple of Greek gods – Dawn leading the Sun in his chariot – both decidedly insignificant against the magnificent skyscape of dark tumbling rain clouds that infuses the whole canvas with threat and drama. Poussin’s non-committal approach to classical allegory remains now as then essentially modern. “The one thing certain is that the four main figures depicted are dancing to Time’s tune,” said Tony.”

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