Presage of the future greatness of Servius Tullus.Pressage de la grandeur future de Servius Tullus.
Se vend à Paris à la Manufacture de Papiers peints, chez Arthur et Comp.e sur la Boulevard. [n.d. c.1800.]
Fine colour-printed stipple with large margins. 425 x 520mm (16¾ x 20½").
A scene from rhe life of Servius Tullius, the legendary sixth king of Rome, who reigned 578-535 BC. Born to a slave of King Tarquin's household, he became the king's protegé after several members of the royal household witnessed a nimbus of fire about his head while he slept, a sign of divine favour (as seen in this print). He married Tarquin's daughter and was made heir. A popular and reforming king, he reigned for 44 years until he was murdered by his treacherous daughter Tullia and son-in-law Tarquinius Superbus, who became the last king of Rome. Tarquinius Superbus's overthrow in 509 BC was the beginning of the Roman Republic, which was a popular subject for art in the early years of the French Republic. This print was engraved by Bathelémy Roger 'under the supervision of' Jacques Louis Copia, after Antoine Boizot.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallerstein collection.
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