[Marcus Curius Dentatus rejecting the Bribes of the SamnitesFrom the Original Picture of the same Size, painted by Pietro da Cortona, 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.]
[Vide Valer,,s Mar,,s Lib/ 4,, Cap 3-95 and Plutarch,, in Apophth No 1. under.Publish'd according to Act of Parliament 1st. of March 1763, by J. Boydell Engraver, in Cheapside, London.]
Copper engraving, platemark 430 x 535mm (17 x 21"). Proof impression; title in early ms lower margin. Very large margins; uncut; tear in margins centre top.
Manius Curius Dentatus, (d. 270 BC), plebeian hero of ancient Rome notable for ending the Samnite War. The Samnites sent ambassadors to give him expensive gifts in an attempt to curry favour, only to find him sitting by the hearth roasting turnips (as shown here). He refused the gifts, saying that he preferred ruling the possessors of gold to possessing it himself. The attribution of the original painting to Pietro da Cortona may be incorrect- the scene is similar to a version of the subject by Jacopo Amigoni. 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.
For published state see ref. 14355.
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