[Joseph trying to escape from Zuleika.]
Mezzotint, 155 x 190mm. 6 x 7½".
Zuleika pulls at Joseph's cloak in an attempt to draw him towards the couch behind her to left, in a rich interior, she wearing a loose grecian gown with pearls in her hair. The story of Zuleika, wife of Potiphar, and Joseph appears in the Judaeo-Christian Old Testament and in the Koran. In the Old Testament she is described simply as Potiphar's wife, her name being given only in the Koran. Mezzotint after the fresco in the vault of the Vatican Loggie, part of the series known as 'Raphael's Bible' and probably taken from Marcantonio's engraving or another 17th century engraving of the scene. Published by John King (1698 - 1748; fl.), a large-scale printseller of the eighteenth century whose name and address at the Globe against the Church in the Poultry are found on many later re-issues of seventeenth-century engravings.
Chaloner Smith: undescribed. BM: 1870,0514.2754.
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