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Henry Bone (1755-1834)

The Death of Dido (after Reynolds) Signed and dated 1804

RCIN 404284

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The subject, from the fourth book of Virgil’s Aeneid, is the self-immolation of the distraught Dido, queen of Carthage, after her abandonment by Aeneas, prince of Troy. Reynolds’s oil painting remained in his studio until his death and was acquired by George IV sixteen years after he had commissioned this copy from Henry Bone.

Painted for George IV, 1804