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The Finding of Cyrus.
The Finding of Cyrus. From the Original Picture, Painted by Benedetto Castiglione, In the Collection of the Right Honourable the Earl of Orford, at Houghton: To whom this Plate is most, Humbly Dedicated, by his Lordship's Most Obliged, and Most Obedient Servant, John Boydell.
Benadetto Castiglione pinxit. E. Edwards delin.t. John Boydell Sculpsit & excudit.
Published by J. Boydell Engraver, in Cheapside, London; Jan.y 1st. 1767.
Fine engraving. 430 x 540mm (17 x 21¼"), with large margins.
A shepherd and his wife finding the infant Cyrus being suckled by a dog. Cyrus's grandfather, alarmed by a prophecy that his grandson would dethrone him, gave orders to cast the baby into the wilderness. Rescued by a shepherd and his wife, Cyrus returns to fulfil the prophecy in 559 BC, becoming king of Persia and creating the first Persian Empire. This plate was engraved from a painting in the collection of Robert Walpole at Houghton in Norfolk and subsequently sold to Catherine the Great of Russia. It is now residing in the Hermitage, as 'Childhood of King Cyrus', attributed to Antonio Maria Vassallo rather than Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione.
Ex Collection Duke of Westminster.
[Ref: 53470]   £320.00  
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