Vortigern King of Britain espouses Rowena a Saxon Lady, which occasioned the Settlement of the Saxons in Britain.
Etching and engraving; paper watermarked, small margins. Plate 210 x 145mm (8¼ x 5¾"). Creasing.
The marriage of Vortigern and Rowena. Vortigern was the Saxon King of Britain in 5 AD. He forged an alliance with brothers, Hengist and Horsa, who were given lands in Lincolshire in return for help in suppressing the Picts. The alliance was further enforced when King Vortigern fell in love with Renwein (or Rowena), the beautiful daughter of Hengist who agreed to their marriage in exchange for the whole of Kent. Engraved by Simon Francois Ravenet (1704-74), who after moving from France to London worked for Hogarth (on his 'Marriage à la Mode') amongst others.
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