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Creator:
Print made by Simon Gribelin, 1662–1733, French, active in Britain
after Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1577–1640, Flemish
Title:

The Ceiling of the Banqueting House at Whitehall: The Union of the Crowns of England and Scotland

Additional Title(s):

The Ceiling in the Banqueting-House at Whitehall

James I Appointing Charles as King of Scotland, Minerva Spearing Ignorance, Hercules Beating Envy

Date:
1720
Medium:
Line engraving and etching on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet (cropped inside plate): 12 7/8 x 18 3/16 inches (32.7 x 46.2 cm) and Image: 11 5/8 x 17 15/16 inches (29.6 x 45.5 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "Grav'd by Sim; Gribelin from the Painting of Sr, P. P. RUBENS on the Cieling | in the Banqueting=house at WHITE=HALL, in the year 1720. CUM PRIVIL: DEFUNC: ANNÆREGIN: | This Cieling represents in proper and curious Emblems, the prosperous state of Great Britain in the Reign | of King James the Ist. His Concern for Religion, his Love of Arts and Sciences, the Birth of a Prince, the | Union of the two Kingdoms, and his Majesty's most Eminent Virtues Crown'd with Glory and Immortality."; lower center, within banner: "SEMPER EADEM"; lower center, within oval: "HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE ·"; lower right: "Æri incidit Sim; Gribelin ad Tabluas P. P. RUBENS Eq: Aur: in Laqueari Aulæ | Regiæ epulis Sacræ de WHITE=HALL, Londini Anno Dni. MDCCXX. et Excudit. | In hisce Tabulis Pax et Copia se mutuo amplexæ, Res Britannicas, regnant Jacobo Io., Filio Regi recens nato. | conjunctisque sub unius Imperio Angliæ Scotiæque Regnis, maxime floruisse testantur. His, plurimisque | aliis beneficiis, Rex de Religione, de bonis Artibus, et de Patriâ bene meritus Coelo, et Immortalitate donator."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.10376
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
allegory | armor | battle | ceiling | club | coronation | crowns | design | drapery | envy | feathers | helmets | historical subject | king (person) | laurel | men | mythology | nude | ornament | ovals | personification | putti | relief | robes | royalty | scepter | swords | throne | vines | women | wreath
Associated Places:
Banqueting House | England | Greater London | London | United Kingdom | Whitehall
Associated People:
Hercules
Minerva
James VI and I (1566–1625), king of Scotland, England, and Ireland
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:26432
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