(England 1789 – 1854)
53.4 x 80.0 cm (trimmed to image)
The mezzotint illustrates the fulfilment of the prophecy that the city of Nineveh should fall when the river becomes its enemy. The invading Medes are seen approaching via the river. They enter the city through the gaping hole in the fortifications. In the foreground stands the infamous king Sardanapalus, surrounded by his concubines. To the left is heaped the enormous pyre that had been constructed at the king’s orders and in which the king and all of his concubines perished.
Renée Free and Rose Peel, Dreams and realities: Victorian works on paper, Sydney, 1993, 1 (illus.), 10. no catalogue numbers
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Mar 1961–23 Apr 1961
Dreams and realities: Victorian works on paper, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Aug 1993–24 Oct 1993
Queens & Sirens: archaeology in 19th century art and design, Geelong Art Gallery, 26 Sep 1998–01 Nov 1998
Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009