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After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'Le Roi de Thulé' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865031

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Photograph of an engraving after Ary Scheffer. The related original painting was created around 1839. Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's poem 'The King in Thule', the work depicts the crowned, bearded king seated at a table set for supper. He holds a goblet with both hands up to his mouth, while tears drop from his eyes. A young man can be seen standing in the background.

Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Language, Linguistics and Literature
      • Literature
        • Poetry