The Judgement of HerculesFrom the Painting of Nicolas Poussin, 3 feet high by 2 feet 4 inches Wide, in the Collection of Henry Hoare Esq.r
Engraving, platemark 510 x 380mm (20 x 15"). Very large margins, uncut. Creasing on left.
According to an allegorical parable, the young Hercules was visited by the figures of Vice and Virtue, who offered him the choice between a pleasant and easy life or a severe but glorious life. Hercules, of course, chose the latter. Engraving of Poussin's painting 'The Judgement of Hercules', c.1636/7, at the estate of Stourhead in Wiltshire. As the legend indicates, the painting was owned by Henry Hoare (1705-85), the banker and patron of art for whom Stourhead was built. Hoare's collection included two paintings by Poussin as well as work by Rembrandt, Maratta, and Gaspard Dughet. Made by Robert Strange (1725-92), who travelled Europe (he lived in Paris for many years) and built an international reputation as an engraver of the first rank. In later life he received royal patronage.
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