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Simon Gribelin, 1662–1733, French, active in Britain
after Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1577–1640, Flemish
From the Painting of the Ceiling in the Banqueting House at White-Hall in the Year 1720
ca. 1720
Line engraving on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 37 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches (95.9 x 47 cm) and Image: 36 3/8 x 18 1/8 inches (92.4 x 46 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, verso, upper left: "IR74/258"; in graphite, verso, center left: "157a"

Lettered 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:ANNAE REGIN: | 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: "HONI - SOIT - OVI - MAL - Y - PENSE | SEMPER EADEM"; lower right: "AEri incidit Sim; Gribelin ad Tabulas P.P.RUBENS Eq: Aur: in Laqueari Aulae | Regiae epulis Sacrae de WHITE=HALL. Londini Anno Dni. MDCCXX. et Excudit. | In hisce Tabulis Pax et Copia se mutuo amplexae, Res Britannicas, regnante Jacobo Io., Filio Regi recens nato, | Conjunctisque sub unius Imperio Angliae Scoticeque Regnis, maxime floruisse testantur. His, plurimisque | aliis beneficiis, Rex de Religione, de bonis Artibus, et de Patria bene meritus Coelo, et Immortalitate donatur."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
allegories | angels | architectural subject | armor | banquet hall | books | ceiling | children | clouds | columns | crowns | drapery | fruit | grapes | house | lions | men | nudes | orb | owl | peace | scepters | serpents | shields | trumpets | war | wings | women
Associated Places:
Banqueting House | City of Westminster | England | Europe | Greater London | London | United Kingdom | Whitehall
Associated People:
Jones, Inigo (1573–1652), architect and theatre designer
James VI and I (1566–1625), king of Scotland, England, and Ireland
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Exhibition History:
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Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11)

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Karen Hearn, Rubens and Britain, Tate Publishing, London, 2011, p.34, fig. 17, NJ18 R82 H4352 2011

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