A Paris chez Mr. De Launay, Graveur, des Academies Royales de Paris et Coppenhagen, Rue de la Bucherie No. 26.
Engraving with large margins; platemark 475 x 355mm (18½ x 13¾").
Six vestal virgins prepare an offering before a statue of Vesta, goddess of fire. In ancient Roman religion, the Vestals were priestesses who cultivated the sacred fire which was not allowed to be extinguished. The vestals were the subject of many pictures in the eighteenth century, which offered painters a way to depict an ethereal female beauty. Engraved after Jean Raoux (1677-1734), French painter of fancy pictures, by the Dutch engraver P.H. Jonxis (1757-1843), who worked in Utrecht and Paris.
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