My name is Oxymandias King of Kings, by Peter Freeth RA

by Peter Freeth RA

The famous sonnet ‘Ozymandias’, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, has inspired Freeth in the making this new work. A limited edition print is on display in the Keeper’s House from 15 September 2017 to 19 February 2018. Please note, this limited edition print will be available for despatch after Thursday 28 September 2017.
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Artwork details

Medium Print
Colour Black/Multicolour
Fabric & material Aquatint
Edition 18

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Artwork description

Freeth’s practice as a printmaker is informed by a wide range of sources from poetry, music, folklore, to historical narratives and his own extensive travels in Italy. This new etching is inspired by the famous sonnet ‘Ozymandias’, by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822).

Exploring the ravages of time, and the transient power of world leaders, the poem was written by Shelley in response to the British Museum’s acquisition in 1817 of a statue of Ramesses II, whose name translates as Ozymandias in Greek.

Freeth's larger-than-life portrait appears pixelated, as if it has been 'zoomed in' upon, creating a sense of mystique over and around his subject. The image appears to have been collaged together and feels defiantly contemporary despite the historical source material.

About Peter Freeth RA

A Royal Academician since 1991, Peter Freeth also taught in the Royal Academy Schools between 1966 and 2006. He trained at The Slade School of Fine Art from 1956 to 1960 and in same year he graduated, won the Prix de Rome for Engraving. The award took him to the British School in Rome, where he lived for three years, before travelling... Go to artist page