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image P418

Sir Robert Strange (1721 - 1792), engraver
After Guido Reni (1575 - 1642)

Liberality and Modesty

1755

Etching and engraving

Inscription: Lettered below the image 'Liberality and Modesty / From the Original Painting of Guido Rheni, in the Collection of Henry Furnese Esqr, / Sold by Robt. Strange Engraver, at the Golden Head, in Henrietta Street, Covent Garden London. / Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, 1755. / Guido Rheni Pinxt. Romae. / Robtus. Strange delint. et Sculpt. Londini.'.

Museum number: P418

Curatorial note

Two female allegorical figures, representing Liberality and Modesty, stand before a parapet wall with a landscape beyond. On the right is Liberality, with her left hand, holding a pair of compasses, resting on the wall. In her right hand she holds a plate piled high with jewels. At her feet are a jewelled salver (plate) and a ewer (jug). She is looking towards Modesty, who is drawing her robe across her body with one hand and choosing a single jewel from the plate with the other. Overhead hovers a cherub holding a festive ribbon.


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