AbdolominusWie spiehlt nicht offt das Gluck [...]
Joh. George Hertel, excud. A.V. 1
Etching, sheet 340 x 215mm (13½ x 8½"). Trimmed inside platemark.
This scene probably relates to the play 'Abdolominus' by French playwright Gabriel-Francois Le Jay (1657-1734). In this play, Alexander the Great appoints his distant relative Abdolomines king of Sidon. Abdolomines preferred to live a simple life, and here he is offered the crown while he dwells in a splendid natural setting. With rococo border and verses in German and Latin below. From a set of decorative prints etched from designs by Johann Esaias Nilson (1721-88), 'the German Watteau'. Nilson was part of a family of artists and established himself as the leading Augsburg artist of his day, whose influence extended across publishing, art academies, a role as court painter, and the decorative arts (especially ceramics).
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