The Distress of Tigranes, before Cyrus, on finding his Father the King of Armenia, Mother, Wife, and Children, Prisoners.In the Collection of his Majesty.
Published March 25th. 1788, by John & Josiah Boydell: No. 90 Cheapside London.
Engraving, image 425 x 590mm. 16¾ x 23¼". Lacking margins, and trimmed close to image on three sides, laid down.
An imaginatively reconstructed scene from antiquity: Tigranes stands in the centre of a camp beside his horse, waving his fist angrily in the direction of his father, who stands with head bowed before the carriage in which the rest of his family sit; Cyrus the Great (c.590/80 BC - 530 BC), ruler of the Persian empire listens, seated on a rock at the entrance of his tent at right, his soldiers and advisors surrounding; cliffs and sea in background. Royal coat of arms below image. After Benjamin West (1738 - 1820).
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