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Wise Government Holding a Bridle above Intemperate Discord

Photo credit: The Banqueting House – Whitehall Palace, Historic Royal Palaces

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Intemperance is bridled by Reason, or Moderation, and the power of Wise Government. James I wrote to his son, 'even in your most virtuous actions, make ever moderation to be the chief ruler'.

The Banqueting House – Whitehall Palace, Historic Royal Palaces


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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    549 x 239 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    commissioned by James I and Charles I, c.1621 and c.1629


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