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Alfred the Great dividing his loaf with the pilgrim

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  • Title (object)

    • Alfred the Great dividing his loaf with the pilgrim
  • Description

    The King sits in the centre, his crown on the table at right, arms extended and passing bread to the pilgrim at left, holding the other half of the loaf before his family, one of the children touching it tentatively and looking up at the Queen for approval; after Benjamin West (Staley 48). 1782


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  • Date

    • 1782
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 482 millimetres
    • Width: 621 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and dedication around arms (to the "Master, Wardens, Assistants & Livery of the Worshipped Company of Stationers" by the publisher), with production detail: "Painted by B. West Historical Painter to His Majesty", "John Boydell, excudit, 1782", "Engraved by Willm. Sharp" and publication line: "Published as the Act directs November 9th. 1782 By John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London."; the size of the picture in lower corners.
  • Curator's comments

    Literature: T.Clayton, 'The English Print 1688-1902', New Haven and London, 1997, pp.236

  • Bibliography

    • Baker 1875 19 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Portfolio)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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