Nero depositing the Ashes of Britannicus. [& Printsellers Label on Verso] A. Beugo. Picture & Printseller.No.29 Greek St. Soho. NB a low price on each print. [Written in ink.]
[Publish'd according to Act of Parliamt. By J. Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside London May 1st 1765.][Label n.d., c.1820.]
Engraving. Sheet: 360 x480mm, (14 x 19"). Label printed on tissue paper, laid on reverse of print. Engraving trimmed within plate and title area. Creasing. General paper tone. Messy.
The intrigues of Agrippa to displace Nero and to elevate Britannicus, the son of Claudius, led to Nero’s first domestic tragedy—the poisoning of Britannicus. The painting hangs at Windsor Castle with the title Caligula depositing the ashes of his mother and brother in the tomb of his ancestors. "The Most Capital Paintings in England" series of engravings in five volumes, late 1760s-1786, the first three (1769 to 1773) originally published under the title .Sculptura Britannica. These were a critical and financial success for the publisher John Boydell who promoted the interests of both artists, engravers and Patrons establishing a tradition in Britain for collecting prints. On verso for Alexander Beugo (1801-1827), print publisher and seller. For a portrait of Beugo, see item ref: 33957.
[Ref: 37269] £160.00