Andrew Howat (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
22" x 17" (560mm x 430mm)Date:
Signed by Artist bottom rightThis is the Signed original Gouache painting by Andrew Howat.
A dramatic colourful illustration for a magazine article on the Persian army of Xerxes. The disciplined and well-trained Spartan infantry were more than a match for Hippias' lightly armed Thessalian cavalry.
The inset shows a Spartan hoplite, or heavily armed soldier. His head, chest and legs are protected by armour, and his principal weapon is a spear. The device on the shield, a Greek capital L (lambda), stands for Lacadaemon, another name for Sparta.
Original artwork for illustration on pp8-9 of Look and Learn issue no 984 (17 January 1981).