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Object: Les fleuves
Series: Galerie du Palais Royal
The Four Corners of the World; allegorical scene with the Four Rivers; the river Nile (Africa) at right as a half-naked man seen from behind and leaning against an urn, embracing a black woman and wearing a crown of corn, three putti playing with a crocodile in lower right; the river Ganges (Asia) at left as a half-naked man seated in top right while a woman embraces him, a tigress suckling her young in lower left and growling at the crododile; another river-god (America) as a half-naked man with vegetables and flowers in his hair in left background, a woman seated behind him; the river Danube (Europe) as a half-naked man in left background, holding an oar and looking at a naked woman who sits next to him; coat of arms of the Duc d'Orleans in lower margin; in rectangular border; finished proof, before the engraved text in the lower part; after Peter Paul Rubens. 1786-1792
Engraving with etching
- Production date
Height: 396 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 266 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- After the painting by Rubens in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, inv.no.526 (Rooses 834).
From 'Galerie du Palais Royal', a set published between 1786 and 1808; see 1837,0408.317 for comment. For an impression of an earlier state see 1847,0625.5; for finished state see 1855,0609.491.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- L.2619 stamped on verso (unidentified collector's mark).
- Prints and Drawings
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