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Alexander the Great demonstrates his trust in his physician Philip by drinking a medicinal draught prepared by him even after receiving a letter alleging that Philip is trying to poison him. Line engraving by B. Audran, the elder, after E. Le Sueur.

  • Le Sueur, Eustache, 1616-1655
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21233i
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Paris : Audran avec privil. du Roy au Palais du Luxembourg.

Physical description

1 print : line engraving ; platemark 40.7 x 36.7 cm

Lettering

Alexandre étant tombé malade ... A son altesse Monseigneur Royale le Duc d'Orleans. Par son tres humble et tres obeissant serviteur Benoist Audran.

References note

A. Mérot and H. Wine, '"Alexander and his doctor": a rediscovered masterpiece by Eustache le Sueur', The Burlington Magazine, 2000, vol. 142, pp. 292-296

Lettering note

Lettering continues: "et ayant, receu avis de Parmenion, que Philippe son medecin devoit lempoisonner ne laisse pas de prendre avec confiance la coupe qu'il lui presente et dans le temps qu'il la porte asa bouche il luy remet entre les mains la lettre de Parmenion. Une promte guerison justifia le medecin et ce Princefit voir par sa fermeté que les grandes ames sont si éloignées de certains crimes quélles ne sauroient même en concevoir le soupcon dans les autres. Q. Curce. L.3."

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 21233i

Reproduction note

After the painting by E. Le Sueur formerly in the Orléans collection, then (until 1999) in 4 St James's Square (residence of Baroness Lucas, subsequently the Naval and Military Club), and acquired in 1999 by the National Gallery, London: see Mérot and Wine, op. cit.

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