Marcus Curius Dentatus rejecting the Bribes of the SamnitesFrom the Original Picture of the same Size, painted by Pietro da Cortona, in the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire, to Whom this Plate is most humnbly inscribed, By His Graces most Obliged and most devoted Servant. J.Boydell.
Vide Valer,,s Mar,,s Lib/ 4,, Cap 3-95 and Plutarch,, in Apophth No 1. under.Publish'd according to Act of Parliament 1st. of March 1763, by J. Boydell Engraver, in Cheapside, London.
Copper engraving 535 x 430mm 21 x 17inches. Tear to left just outside image area. Uncut sheet.
Manius Curius Dentatus, (d. 270 BC) was a plebeian hero of ancient Rome, notable for ending the Samnite War. He was supposed to have been incorruptible and frugal; the story was that when the Samnites sent ambassadors with expensive gifts in an attempt to influence him in their favor, they found him sitting by the hearth roasting turnips. He refused the gifts, saying that he preferred ruling the possessors of gold over possessing it himself. "The Most Capital Paintings in England" series of engravings in five volumes, late 1760s-1786, the first three (1769 to 1773) originally published under the title .Sculptura Britannica. These were a critical and financial success for the publisher John Boydell who promoted the interests of both artists, engravers and Patrons establishing a tradition in Britain for collecting prints.
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