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ID number:  BIRBI-58.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Le Sueur, Eustache (1616-1655)
Title / Object name:  Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  French
Date made:  1650
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  92.7 x 114.9 cm
Provenance:  Painted for the Comtesse de Tonnay-Charente; Devonshire House by 1761; purchased at the Chatsworth sale, Christie's in 1958 for £2,520.

The Queen of Sheba, hearing of King Solomon’s wisdom, wished to test it, and, according to the Bible, she visited him, bestowing gifts carried by her servants. Here, the king rises from his throne to greet her. Le Sueur’s classical scene, with its austere architectural setting and severe profiles, illustrates the influence of the Renaissance master Raphael, albeit via engravings after his work.

The scene was painted to be placed above a fireplace in the Paris mansion of the Countess de Tonnay-Charente. It was paired with another of The Dream of Solomon.

Notes:  Exhibited: British Institution, London, UK, 1837, no. 69; Royal Academy, London, UK, 1902, no. 145; Royal Academy, London, UK, 1938, no. 326; 'XVIIth Century French Art', Bristol Art Gallery, Bristol, UK, 1938, no. 12; Arts Council Exhibition, Newcastle, UK, 1955, no. 18; 'Eustache Le Sueur', Musée des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble, France, 18 March 2000 - 02 July 2000, no. 32; 'Queen of Sheba: Treasures from Ancient Yemen', British Museum, London, UK, 05 June 2002 - 13 October 2002, no. 19.

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