[Sophonisba accepting the Nuptial Present sent by her Husband Masinissa.From the Original Picture by Luca Giordano, in the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire, to Whom this Plate is most humnbly inscribed, By His Graces most Obliged and most devoted Servant. J.Boydell.]
[Size of Picture 4F :9I by 6F:6I in length. No,, 6. Under. Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, March 1st. 1764, by J. Boydell Engraver, in Cheapside.London.]
Copper engraving, platemark 425 x 535mm (16¾ x 21"). Proof impression; title in early ms in lower margin. Very large margins, uncut.
Masinissa, formerly an ally of Carthage who switched allegiance, urges his wife Sophonisba to drink poison to prevent the Romans parading a Carthaginian Princess. Masinissa was a king of Numidia, an area of North Africa which surrounded Carthage. Sophonisba was the daughter of Hasdrubal, and the niece of Hannibal. Engraved after a painting by Italian baroque artist Luca Giordano. From "The Most Capital Paintings in England", a large series of engravings in five volumes published by John Boydell who promoted the interests of both artists, engravers and patrons, which played an important part in developing print culture in the 18th century. Another prominent artist, John Hamilton Mortimer, was acknowledged in the published state as having made the intermediary drawing from the painting which the printmaker Ravenet worked from.
For lettered impression see ref. 14369
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