Roger Payne (biography)Medium:
Pen & Ink Wash on BoardSize:
11" x 7" (290mm x 190mm)Date:
Signed by Artist bottom leftThis is the Signed original Pen & Ink Wash by Roger Payne.
The Madness of Rome: Gaius Caesar, known to posterity as Caligula (reigned 37-41AD), is depicted riding his horse Incitatus across a 2 mile long pontoon bridge he ordered constructed across the Bay of Baiae, whilst wearing the breastplate of Alexander the Great.
Caligula did this in response to the prediction of a soothsayer named Thrasyllus of Mendes that he "had no more chance of becoming emperor than of riding a horse across the Bay of Baiae".
Wonderful, signed, original illustration from Look and Learn, issue number 796, 16th April 1977.