Francesco Bartolozzi, R.A. (1728–1815)
After Angelica Kauffmann, R.A. (1741-1807)
“Paulus Aemelius” (Paullus Aemilius)
Stipple Engraving Printed in Colour
Published by Anthony Torre
Presented in what is probably its original 18th Century Hogarth style frame.
28.2 cm x 38 cm (approx)
33.1 cm x 43 cm (framed)
Private Collection, County Durham, U.K.
Trimmed to just outside the image with the artists's details retained beneath ("Angelica Kauffman Invt." lower left: "Bartolozzi Sculp." lower right) but with the loss of title, text and publication details.
The full text and title should read "PAULUS AEMELIUS. | When no PUBLIC AFFAIRS hinderd him he always attended their STUDIES and EXERCISES in short he was the most INDULGENT PARENT in ROME. | Vide Plutarch"; "Publish'd as the Act directs April 1st. 1783 by A. Torre No.44 Market Lane London."
The original drawing by Angelica Kauffmann which formed the basis of Bartolozzi's engraving was exhibited in "Angelika Kauffmann: Unbekannte Schätze aus Vorarlberger Privatsammlungen" ("Angelica Kauffmann: Unknown Treasures from Private Collections in Vorarlberg"), Vorarlberg Museum, 15th June-6th October 2019.
The image shows Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus (c.229-160 BC) alongside his family. Paullus Aemilius (also known as Aemilius Paulus) was a nephew of Scipio Africanus and served twice as a Consul of the Roman Republic and, as a general, conquered Macedon during the Third Macedonian War. Plutarch provides a biography of Paullus Aemilius in "The Life of Aemilius" (No.11 of his 'Lives'). We are told that Aemilius Paulus and his family were extremely well connected but, despite their great advantages, they are described as having had a modest house and only one little farm to provide for them. Paullus Aemilius ensured that his children were brought up as grammarians, philosophers, rhetoricians, modellers and painters, familiar with dogs and horses and taught the art of hunting.
Through her choice of subject matter, Angelica Kauffman promotes the idea of modest and wholesome family life, where a dutiful father, when not engaged in his own work, devotes his time to his family.
Extremely scarce. Not in BM. See Yale [B1977.14.19736] and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco [1963.30.36231] for similar.
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