London. Chapman & Hall, Strand. [n.d., c.1850.]
Coloured print in oils, image 135 x 110mm. 5¼ x 4¼".
Zenobia (240-after 274) looking out of her window across the sea, a lute close at hand. Zenobia was a Syrian queen of the Palmyrene Empire, which encompassed the Roman provinces of Syria, Palestine, Egypt and large parts of Asia Minor. In 269, she conquered Egypt, expelling the Roman prefect, Tenagino Probus, whom she beheaded when he led an attempt to recapture the territory. She then proclaimed herself queen of Egypt. She ruled Egypt until 274, when she was defeated and taken as a hostage to Rome by Aurelian. Zenobia appeared in golden chains in Aurelian’s military triumph parade. Impressed by Zenobia, Aurelian freed her and granted her an elegant villa in Tibur (modern Tivoli, Italy). She became a prominent philosopher, socialite and Roman matron. By George Baxter (1804 - 1867), wood-engraver, colour printer and lithographer; patentee of a method of colour printing for which he sold licences.
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