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The figure of Retiarius [gladiator] on a Black Slate found at Chester AD 1741

The figure of Retiarius [gladiator] on a Black Slate found at Chester AD 1741

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1741

Shelfmark: Ktop IX

Item number: 8-o

Length: 278

Width: 356

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Chester was noted for its Roman ruins and has a Roman amphitheatre where state and religious special events would have been held. This sometimes included gladatorial games. This is a relief carving on a slate found in Newgate Street. It shows a Retiarius, a type of gladiator who would have fought with a trident and net This is a preparatory sketch for a later print published by the Society of Antiquaries.

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