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Bathsheba brings the young maid Abishag to the aging King David for body heat. Mezzotint by R. Earlom, 1779, after G. Farington after A. van der Werff, 1696.

  • Werff, Adriaen van der, 1659-1722.
Date
1779
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20557i
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Bible. O.T. 1 Kings 1. Abishag was procured by the king because in his old age "he gat no heat"; "he let her cherish him", "but the king knew her not" (1 Kings 1.1-4). She was, however, required to be a virgin. Abishag was to play a sexual role in the intrigue between Adonijah and Solomon, two of David's sons contesting the throne on David's death

Publication/Creation

[London] : John Boydell, 1779.

Physical description

1 print : mezzotint ; image 63.9 x 48.2 cm

Lettering

Bathsheba bringing Abishag to David. In the cabinet at Houghton. Size of the picture 2f. 3i by 2f 10i high. Vanderwerffe pinxit. George Farington delint. Richd. Earlom sculpsit

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Wellcome Library no. 20557i

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