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Maker(s):Rimer, William
Culture:British (1825-1892)
Title:Study after 'The Coronation of Queen Esther' 1738 by Jean-François de Troy
Date Made:1847
Materials:oil on panel
Measurements:Frame: 26 1/2 x 33 in; 67.3 x 83.8 cm; Panel: 19 3/4 in x 26 1/4 in; 50.2 cm x 66.7 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signed center verso Wm Rimer 1947 with details regarding the subject matter as "Esther 2, 16/17 V"
Accession Number:  AC 1973.91
Credit Line:Gift of Herbert W. Plimpton: The Hollis W. Plimpton (Class of 1915) Memorial Collection
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Rimer made this study after a painting by Jean-Francois de Troy, showing the Old Testament Queen Esther (and made in preparation for a set of Gobelin tapestries). For Rimer’s Victorian viewers, Queen Esther was a strong, moral woman, who delivered the Jews from massacre by informing her husband, the Persian King Ahasuerus, of the plot, thereby revealing her own Jewish identity (a event celebrated in the annual feast of Purim).
EEB, 2008

biblical; royalty; Judaism; interiors; royalty

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