[Wisdom, from the original picture presented to the city by Alderman Boydell].
[Pub. Sept. 29. 1799, by J. & J. Boydell, No.90, Cheapside, and at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, London]
Rare proof stipple engraving, unfinished before text added to open book. Published state carries a dedication: To Their Most Excellent Majesties King George III & Queen Charlotte, by Jos. Boydell. Trimmed to plate mark.
Seated Minerva, in glory, with boy at her feet holding an open book, surrounded by a globe with dove, owl, a lamb sitting on a book with seals at right and a cockerel; in the upper part, putto with mirror at left, and two others holding up an uroboros at right. Part of a series Wisdom, Happiness, Providence, Innocence. See ref: 8615. In 1794 Rigaud won what was probably his most important commission, the decoration of the four pendentives of the Common Council Chamber in the Guildhall, London, depicting Providence, Innocence, Wisdom and Happiness; of these only the preparatory oil sketches survive (London, Guildhall A.G.).
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