Engraving, platemark 430 x 520mm (17 x 20½"). Very large margins. Crease through centre as issued.
The Chambre des Muses at the Hôtel Lambert in Paris, whose owner, the financier Nicolas Lambert, was an important patron of Eustache Le Sueur (1616-55). Le Sueur, a founder of French classicism long considered the 'French Raphael', decorated the room shown here in 1652, with paintings depicting the nine Muses and a ceiling painting of 'Phaeton asking Apollo's Permission to Drive the Chariot of the Sun'. In 1776 the paintings were all sold to Louis XVI, and today are in the Louvre. From a folio of engravings recording in details Le Sueur's many works for the Hôtel Lambert.
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