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Study for Pope's 'Rape of the Lock'

Photo credit: Royal Institution of Cornwall

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Thomas Stothard became a student of the Royal Academy in 1778 and was made a full academician in 1794. The 'Rape of the Lock' is a mock-heroic narrative poem written by Alexander Pope (1688–1744), first published in 1712. The poem satirises a petty squabble by comparing it to the epic world of the gods. In this way Pope is criticising the over-reaction of contemporary society to trivial things.

Royal Cornwall Museum



Study for Pope's 'Rape of the Lock'


oil on panel


H 20 x W 11 cm

Accession number

TRURI : 1914.19.4

Acquisition method

gift, 1914

Work type


Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ England

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