Publish'd May 1st. 1789, by John & Josiah Boydell, No. 90, Cheapside, London.
Engraving with etching, rare. 495 x 600mm (19½ x 23½"),, with tissue cover as issued. Narrow margins top and bottom, as issued, damp stain on right.
Leonidas II, king of Sparta 254-235 BC, sitting in judgement on his son-in-law Cleombrutus, who had usurped his throne (ruling as Cleonbrutus II, 242-241 BC). Leonidas's daughter pleads for her husband's life, resulting in the pair's banishment. Benhamin West (1738-1820), the Pennsylvanian painter best known for his 'Death of Wolfe', took a story from Plutarch for this painting, which he showed at the second exhibition of the newly-formed Royal Academy, 1768. The painting now resides in the Tate Gallery.
Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36536] £520.00