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Several versions of this ambitious composition are recorded in the early sources, although the status of this one awaits classification. The painting has all the characteristics of the late French Baroque and owes a debt to the influence of Rubens in its exuberance. The colouring, however, is reminiscent of Poussin. This reflects the rivalry between the followers of Rubens and Poussin in the French Academy in the later 17th century.
oil on canvas
H 180.3 x W 129.3 cm
bequeathed by Miss A. Atkinson Best of Shiptonthorpe, 1946