Sketch of Peter Paul Rubens 'Peace and Plenty' by Vertue
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Vertue records the dimensions of the picture as 'near 12. f. long'. Beneath he has transcribed the description of Rubens 'Peace and War' (NG46) in Abraham van der Doort's inventory of Charles I's art collection. Vertue then adds his own commentary: 'in this Coppy represented peace and plenty their hands joyned together by pallas under neath is represented envy with snakes thrown down under feet. Cupids in the air offering palmes and laurells'. He records that this picture was sold in March 1726/7 and sketched from memory at the time.
On the reverse, Vertue has described the arrangement of figures and other elements constituting an allegory of peace by an unidentified artist which he then proceeds to gloss.