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Triumph of Truth
I.B.[sic] Nattier after Peter Paul Rubens. "Le Tems decouvre la Verité." [The Triumph of Truth] Paris: early 18th century. 17 5/8 x 8 3/4. Copper engraving by A. Loir. Trimmed within plate mark and laid on heavy paper. Else, very good condition.

French text below the title indicates that it is the painter's intention that the viewer should see that the misunderstanding between Louis XIII and his mother, Marie de Medici, only came about as a result of false counsel. Rubens has illustrated in this painting that Time, personified by an old man, uncovers Truth, represented by a beautiful young woman, during which event the King and the Queen, who had been manipulated by the malice of man, are at last reconciled in heaven. The King and his mother are depicted floating at the top of the painting with a symbol of concordia between them.

The painting, from which the print was made in reverse, was the last of the 21 paintings in the Marie de Medicis Cycle depicting the Queen's struggles, commissioned by Marie de Medici in 1621 for the Luxembourg Palace in Paris; they now hang in the Louvre. Three additional paintings in the series are portraits of the Queen and her parents. $250

Family Monument
John Michael Enzing-Miller. "Family Monument From the History of our Country." New York: Jos. De Buelow, 1863. Engraving by J.M. Enzing-Miller. 21 7/8 x 29 7/8. Scuffing in margins with a few chips along margin edges. Some scattered wear in sky and a few minor scuffs as well. Print has been professionally conserved. Else very good. Strong impression.

A wonderful allegory chock-a-block full of images "From the History of our Country." This print was issued in the midst of the Civil War and its purpose was clearly to present the glorious past of the United States as a graphic justification for the fight to preserve the country.

The base of our history is rendered as the discoveries of Columbus-dated 1492 and with the explorer receiving the submission of Native Americans wearing the headdresses of the Plains Indians-and the Vikings-dated 1000 and depicted being shown the grapes from which they named Vinland. Just above is a line of early settlers, from the Pilgrims to a frontier family living in a hide hut. Above and to the right are scenes from the American Revolution, including a rather graphic image of the American Eagle ravaging the British Lion and Unicorn. In the upper left is a scene showing the growth and prosperity of the nation, with vast lands stretching off into the distance, a city on a river crowded with ships, and locomotives steaming by, while above this flies and American flag.

The entire image is crowned by a pyramid that mirroring the Acropolis, faced with the shields of the states of the union, and upon which stands line of fifteen Presidents (interestingly no Lincoln), at the head of which Washington holds a hand on the Constitution, while covering his heart with his other hand. Seated nearby is a figure holding the Declaration of Independence, and flying above are goddesses of Liberty and Justice. In the distance, behind the Presidents, is shown the Capitol surmounted by another large American flag.

The artist, John Michael Enzing-Miller, who also engraved this impressive print, was a German-born painter who emigrated to America 1848, exhibiting his works at the National Academy and American Art Union. This print was a paean to his adopted country, and he intended the viewer of this teeming "Family Monument" of American history to be moved to wonder how anyone could wish to render the nation asunder. JT OUT ON APPROVAL

Richard Corbould. "Botany." From Encyclopaedia Londinensis or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature. London: J. Wilkes, March 1, 1805. Ca. 9 x 7 1/4. Stipple engravings with some line work by J. Chapman. Hand color. With light sticker mark in bottom margin. Otherwise, very good condition.

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, took on a new importance and nobility in the scope of book publishing. Fine artists like Richard Corbould were employed to draw allegorical prints to embellish the volumes. Exalting the pursuit of knowledge, these allegorical prints draw on neo-Classical vocabulary to confer nobility on the studies of geography, botany, painting, and others. In classically-draped garments, female figures pose amid Roman architecture and artifact, employing the tools of investigation specific to their discipline. This wonderful image contains an allegory of the science of botany. $250
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See from all Climes
"See from all Climes the Learn'd Their Incense bring." From The Gentleman's Magazine. London: Edward Cave, 1753. Engraving. 7 x 4 1/4 (image) plus plate marks and margins. With a title page and poem by Mr. Urban on completing his twenty-third volume. Very good condition.

A fascinating allegory making the point that Europeans were gaining in knowledge from their exposure to the rest of the world. The image shows the four continents personified accompanied by putti as they approach the god Mercury. The continents from right to left are Europe, Asia, Africa, and America (as an Indian). The putti hold riches associated with food, geography or lands, languages, fame in the form of a medallion, and on the foreground are a celestial map, a barometer and terrestrial globe. The idealized temple is the home of Mercury the messenger or European Civilization. A charming neoclassical artifact. $175

[Allegory to the Arts in America] Title page. From Delaplaine's Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished American Characters. Philadelphia: Rogers and Esler Printers, 1815-. Line engraving with stipple by Gideon Fairman.

Joseph Delaplaine wanted to publish portraits and biographies of great Americans to counter the current arguments that people and institutions in America were inferior to those in Europe. He included his contemporaries as well as early voyagers to reflect on the strong and adventurous spirits that were involved in the founding of the New World and the American Republic. $90

"L'Enfant Prodigue." Credits read, "Peint par E. Dubufe." and "Grave par Leon Girardet." Steel engraving. 23 x 43 (platemarks) plus margins. Copyrighted by M. Knoedler in Washington, D.C. in 1878. Published by Goupil in Berlin, Paris, London and La Haye and by Knoedler in New York. Expertly repaired tears: three into image and some others. Professionally conserved. Overall impression is strong and lovely.

Benezit cites Edouard-Louis Dubufe's (1820-1883) triptych, oil on canvas as located in New York in 1887. The painting was in the collection of A.T. Stewart. Sale of the painting was no doubt spurred by the appearance of this fine and large engraving based on the painting which was probably done in Paris. See: DeCourcy E. McIntosh"s "New York's Favorite Pictures in the 1870s" in The Magazine Antiques (April, 2004) illus. p. 118.

The central panel shows the prodigal son drinking, wenching and gambling, while the left panel shows him among the swine (of a different sort) and the right panel welcomed back by his forgiving father. The popularity of pictures from Europe, especially from Paris, was the most popular in New York. Sales were greater than for those of other countries--even works by American artists. $800


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