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Object: Esther fainting, King Ahasuerus comforts her
Object: Estheram metu exanimatam Rex Ahasuerus solatur
Series: Six of Her Majesty's Pictures
Esther fainting as she is brought before Ahasuerus, a crowded scene with attendants holding the falling woman at the left and the King rising from his raised throne at the right; after a painting by Tintoretto in the Royal Collection at Kensington. 1712
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Height: 284 millimetres
Height: 354 millimetres
Width: 330 millimetres (plate-mark)
Width: 500 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- This is the first of seven prints that were acquired as a series (1859,0709.2419 to 2425). They are accompanied by a printed title sheet (unregistered) that reads: "Six of her Majesty's pictures drawn and engrav'd from the originals of Paulo Veronese, Jac. Tintoreto, Old Palma, Jul. Romano, and And. Schiavone; in the Royal Galleries of Windsor and Kensington: are most humbly dedicated to Her Most Excellent and Sacred Majesty, Anne (By the Grace of God) Queen of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith &c. By Her Majesty's most humble and faithfiul subject, Sim. Gribelin. And sold by him 1712"
This series is listed in Sheila O'Connell's Gribelin catalogue under number 8, though with a different sequence of plates than that of the BM register (there seems to have been no correct order). She notes that Gribelin's son advertised the six sheets in 1735 at 16s. together with a seventh plates that had by then been joined to the series - the Judgement of Hercules after Paolo de Matteis (this was certainly in origin a separate plate, although it follows the format of the series closely).
This plate (alone) in the BM set bears the later added publication line of the two Bowles, which implies that the plates of the series were sold after 1735 by Gribelin's son to them and re-issued.
- Not on display
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