The Queen of Sheba's Visit to King Solomon.From the Original Picture, Painted by Le Sueur, In the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire; To whom this Plate is Dedicated, by his Grace's most Obliged, & most humble Servant, John Boydell.
Published by J. Boydell, Engraver, in Cheapside, London; Jan.y 1.st 1767.
Copper engraving, 345 x 380mm. 13¼ x 15". Uncut sheet.
The Queen of Sheba's visit to King Solomon of Israel, who she visited after hearing of his great wisdom, as described in the Book of 1 Kings in the Bible. Engraved after the painting of 1650 by Eustache Le Sueur (Paris 1616-55), now in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham. The scene was one of a pair (with 'The Dream of Solomon') painted by Le Sueur to hang above a fireplace in the Paris mansion of the Countess de Tonnay-Charente. A pupil of Simone Vouet, Le Sueur followed a clasically-inspired course in his works. He is now remembered chiefly for his St. Bruno series painted for Chartreuse (now in the Louvre). Numbered 'No. 31', from "The Most Capital Paintings in England", a series of engravings in five volumes, late 1760s-1786, the first three of which (1769 to 1773) were 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.
Christopher Wright, 'The World's Master Paintings from the Early Renaissance to the Present Day'.
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