[Lot and his Daughters]Lot digne par ses Saintes moeurs / Déchaper au courroux celeste. / Qui sur tant d'infames pecheurs / Fit pleuvoir un feu si funeste [...]
à Paris chez F. Chereau graveur du Roy rue S. jaque aux 2 pilliers dor avec privil. du Roy [c.1725]
Very fine engraving, platemark 290 x 365mm (11½ x 14¼") very large margins.
Lot and his daughters escaped the burning city of Sodom (seen in the distance here, lower right) to dwell in a mountain cave. His daughters, fearing that they would not be able to have children in any other way, plied their father with wine in an episode depicted by many artists. Engraved after a painting by Nicolas Vleughels (1668-1737), French artist and close friend of Watteau whose later years were spent in Rome as Director of the Académie de France. He was an outstanding teacher whose pupils included Carle Vanloo.
[Ref: 40299] £95.00