Marcus Curius Dentatus rejecting the Bribes of the Samnites.From the Original Picture of the same Size, painted by Pietro da Cortona, in the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire,..[to whom the plate is dedicated by the publisher.]
Publish'd according to Act of Parliament 1st. of March 1763, by J. Boydell Engraver, in Cheapside, London.
Engraving, 430 x 540mm. 17 x 21¼".
Marcus Curius Dentatus (d.270 BC) was a plebeian hero of ancient Rome, notable for ending the Samnite War. He is offered bribes in the form of luxurious vases, platters and dishes by classically-dressed soldiers. He sits by the hearth in a simple interior, his armour hanging on the wall, throwing out one arm in refusal, pointing with the other to turnips next to the fire. Crest below image. Numbered 'No.1.' lower left. One of a set of three plates from drawings by John Hamilton Mortimer (1740 - 1779) after 17th century paintings in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire: the others were engraved by J F Ravenet, being 'Charity' by Carlo Cignani and 'The Shepherds in Arcadia' by Poussin (see nos. 1162 & 1163).
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