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Gerard de Lairesse (Liège 1641-1711 Amsterdam)
Gerard de Lairesse (Liège 1641-1711 Amsterdam)

Esther accusing Haman in the presence of Ahasuerus

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Gerard de Lairesse (Liège 1641-1711 Amsterdam)
Esther accusing Haman in the presence of Ahasuerus
pen and brown ink, the upper right corner made up, brown ink framing lines, indistinct watermark
7¾ x 12 1/8 in. (19.5 x 30.8 cm.)

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Lot Essay

Although the subject was traditionally thought to be the Feast of Anthony and Cleopatra, this is in fact a preparatory drawing, with differences and in reverse, for Esther accusing Haman in the presence of Ahasuerus, a composition which was painted by de Lairesse and engraved by Pieter van den Berge (1659-1737) circa 1675-80 (Sotheby's, New York, 17 January, 1992, lot 117; A. Roy, Gérard de Lairesse 1640-1711, Paris, 1992, no. P 98 and fig. 98a; Fig. 1). The drawing is stylistically very close to Abraham and the Three Angels, itself also a preparatory study for a picture sold in Paris in 1990 (Roy, op. cit., no. P 209). That drawing was sold at Christie's, London, 6 July 1999, lot 162.

Fig. 1. Gerard de Lairesse, Esther accusing Haman in the presence of Ahasuerus, present location unknown.

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