Zenobia.Engraved from an original Picture in the possession of Sr, Josa. Reynolds.
Published Jany. 1st. 1799, by William Sharp, London.
Engraving on india laid paper, 280 x 210mm. 11 x 8ľ". Dent to lower platemark; a fine impression, with full margins.
Bust portrait in profile of a woman in rich classical dress, her hair dressed with a comb and with a jewelled band across her forehead; she is Zenobia (240 - after 274), 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 Aurelianís 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. After the drawing by Michelangelo (1475 - 1564).
See Ref: 6858 for 1787 publication.
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