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    Sale 5403

    Nineteenth Century European Art

    24 January 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 175

    Charles Désiré Hue (French, 1825-1883)

    The myth of King Candaules

    Price Realised  

    Charles Désiré Hue (French, 1825-1883)
    The myth of King Candaules
    signed and dated 'CHARLES HUE-1864-' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    28½ x 23½ in. (72.4 x 59.7 cm.)


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    The scene depicts the moment as the doomed Candaules, King of Lydia, shows the beauty of his wife to Gyges, the King's most trusted bodyguard. The Queen spots Gyges and forces him to kill the King for this outrage, which he does, before usurping the throne.

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