In plate, l.l.: H. Cock excu. L.R.: Brvegel. INV. In plate, lower margin: DATE NOBIS DE OLEO VESTRO QVIA LAMPADES NOSTRAE EXTINGVN.TVR. NEQVAQVAM, NEQVANDO NON SVFFICIAT NOBIS ET VOBIS math. 25. Watermark: Delphin mit Blumen
Lower margin, within plate mark: (all in italics) l.r.: R. Strange Romae delint. A.¯1767 Ore incidit. Esther coram. Afsuero Supplex. Esther a Suppliant before Ahasuerus. All on one line at l.: Ad exemplar Tabulae a Jo.. Fra.. Barbieri Guercino dicto, pictae, quae Romae, in Adibus Barberinis asservatur. All on one line at r.: From the painting of Jn¯.. Fra.. Barbieri, call'd Guercino, in the Barberini palace at Rome.
The Persian king Ahasuerus sits at right on a throne, wearing a turban with a crown, a cape with ermine around the neck and shoulders, and a gold chain around his neck. He holds a slender scepter towards a woman in elaborate dress and crown, who has fainted at left. This woman, Queen Esther, is supported by two handmaidens who each looks towards the king.
This engraving shows--in reverse--the composition of UMMA's paintinb by Guercino, "Esther Before Ahasuerus". The engraver, Sir Robert Strange traveled in Italy beginning in 1760, making prints after notable works that he saw on his trip (which ended in 1765). At the time, the Guercino painting was in the collection of the Barberini Palace in Rome.
On plate, in oval: Cum privil. Sa. Cae. M. Anno 1596; l.l.: Quecunq in terris florent, sunt Palladis artes, Ame dexteritas, ingenijg vigor; l.c.: Mag. co ac Clar mo uiro Dno. Foanj. Baruitio J.V.D. Sa. Cae. M. tis Consiliario Aulico, et Secretario Dno suo obseruandissimo H. Goltzius officij et gratitudinis erto; l.r.: Nec mirum, ex cerebro cum sim prognata, Jovisq Optima pars, summa filia chara Deo. C. Schoneus. Watermark: unidentified