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Anchises foretells to Aeneas the future lineage of the Caesars. Engraving by P. Lombard, 1654, after F. Cleyn.

  • Cleyn, Franz, 1590?-1658.
Date
[1654]
Reference
2848021i
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Description

Virgil, Aeneid, VI.791-795: "Hic vir, hic est, tibi quem promitti saepius audis / Augustus Caesar, divi genus, aurea condet / saecula: qui rursus Latio regnata per arva / Saturno quondam, super et Garamantas et Indos proferet imperium." (This is the man, this he is, whom you often hear promised to you, Augustus Caesar, offspring of a god, will found a golden age: he will extend his empire over the fields formerly ruled by Saturn in Latium, and beyond the garamentes and Indians). In the midddleground are three figures: a man with a turban (Anchises, the speaker, a Dardanian prince and father of Aeneas), Aeneas, and the Cumaean sibyl. In the foreground is a line of military men, possibly Romulus and Remus, Virgil (?), Augustus, and his descendants up to mediaeval and early modern Holy Roman Emperors

Publication/Creation

[London] : [publisher not identified], [1654]

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 29.7 x 19.5 cm

Lettering

Hic vir, hic est, tibi quem promitti saepius audis, Augustus Caesar, divum genus, aurea condet saecula: quae rursus Latio regnata per arva Saturno quondam, super et Garamanthas et Indos proferet imperium. Hon. d.no Iohan(n)i Tyrell equi. aur. et dom.ae Marthae Tyrell de Hearne house com(m). Essex tabula merito votiva. F. Cleyn inven.r. ; P.Lombart ...t Londini

Creator/production credits

Dedicated to Sir John Tyrrell and his wife Martha, Lady Tyrrell, of Heron Hall (called here Hearne House), East Horndon, Essex

References note

A. Griffiths, The print in Stuart Britain 1603-1689, London 1998, pp. 186-187 (on Ogilby's Vergil)

Lettering note

Bears numbers: 272 (bottom left) and 344 (top right). Bears coat of arms of the dedicatees

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2848021i

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Languages

  • Latin


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