Rubens was probably commissioned to provide a great propagandist decorative scheme for Inigo Jones' new building in Charles I's Palace when he visited London as a diplomat in 1629. Most, if not at all, Rubens' sketches for the ceiling were made in Antwerp where the canvases still in the Banqueting House, were also painted. Fifteen oil sketches survive of which only three are in Britain.
635mm x 438mm
Oil on panel.
Purchased with the aid of grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the VandA grant-in-aid, the National Art Collections Fund and the Wolfon Foundation.
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