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Hercules rejects Pleasure and Chuses Virtue

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1859,0709.2425

  • Title (object)

    • Hercules rejects Pleasure and Chuses Virtue
  • Description

    Hercules standing in a landscape, leaning on his club with his cheek on his left hand, his body inclined towards Pleasure, portrayed as a woman reclining invitingly on the ground beneath a tree to right, with a dish, cup and amphora decorated with a Bacchanalian scene, but looking earnestly to left at Virtue, another woman who stands fully clothed in profile addressing him, pointing towards a path ascending a mountain in the background, with a sheathed sword in her right hand, a helmet on the rock beside her; in a facsimile frame with scroll-work; after Mattheis. 1713
    Engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1713
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 283 millimetres
    • Width: 230 millimetres
    • Height: 358 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 502 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image in English and Latin with the title and production details around a crest with the motto 'Love Serve': 'Grav'd by Si. Gribelin from the Picture of Paulo de Matthaei Napol:', a dedication to 'Anthony Ashley Cooper Earl of Shaftesbury &c. 1713.' and publication line 'Printed & Sold by T. Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard & I. bowles in Cornhill'.
  • Curator's comments

    For information on the commission, production and iconography of the Matteis's painting which is now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, see: Sheila O'Connell, 'Lord Shaftesbury in Naples, 1711-1713' in Walpole Society LIV (1988), pp. 149-219.
    See 1859,0709.2419: this is one of seven plates advertised for sale by Gribelin's son in 1735, but produced separately from the other six, which form a set.

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  • Bibliography

    • O'Connell 1985 9 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1859

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1859,0709.2425

Hercules standing in a landscape, leaning on his club with his cheek on his left hand, his body inclined towards Pleasure, portrayed as a woman reclining invitingly on the ground beneath a tree to right, with a dish, cup and amphora decorated with a Bacchanalian scene, but looking earnestly to left at Virtue, another woman who stands fully clothed in profile addressing him, pointing towards a path ascending a mountain in the background, with a sheathed sword in her right hand, a helmet on the rock beside her; in a facsimile frame with scroll-work; after Mattheis.  1713  Engraving

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Hercules standing in a landscape, leaning on his club with his cheek on his left hand, his body inclined towards Pleasure, portrayed as a woman reclining invitingly on the ground beneath a tree to right, with a dish, cup and amphora decorated with a Bacchanalian scene, but looking earnestly to left at Virtue, another woman who stands fully clothed in profile addressing him, pointing towards a path ascending a mountain in the background, with a sheathed sword in her right hand, a helmet on the rock beside her; in a facsimile frame with scroll-work; after Mattheis. 1713 Engraving

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