Marcus Curius Dentatus rejecting the Bribes of the Samnites.From the Original Picture if the same Size, painted by Pietro da Cortona, in the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire; To Whom this Plate is most humbly inscribed, By his Grace's most Obliged, and mopst devoted Servant. J. Boydell. N.o. 1.
Publish'd according to Act of Parliament 1.st. of March 1763, by J. Boydell Engraver, in Cheapside, London.
Engraving. Plate: 530 x 430mm, (21 x 17"). Foxing. Damage in plate. Very large margins.
An interior scene in which two men wearing armour, carrying armfuls of princely gifts approach a seated man roasting vegetables in the fire. From Ancient Roman history Marcus Curius Dentatus (d.270), a plebian hero of the Roman republic famously refused bribes from the Samnites stating that he preferred to rule the possessors of gold rather than possessing it himself.
Ex Collection Duke of Westminster.
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