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Bounty of James I triumphing over Avarice
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Bounty of James I triumphing over Avarice


Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Oil on panel

Height: 60.6 cm ( frame ); Depth: 4.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 45.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 30.8 cm ( panel ); Height: 46.2 cm ( panel );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
This is a sketch for one of nine canvasses Rubens painted for the ceiling of the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace in London. A female nude representing bounty empties a cornucopia loaded with fruit, coins, and the royal sceptre and crown. Charles I commissioned this allegory to celebrate the liberality and prosperity of his father James, and the whole Stuart dynasty. Ironically, the ceiling was the last work of art Charles I saw as he stepped onto the executioner’s scaffold from the Banqueting House in 1649. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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