The painting was commissioned by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, to complete the project for a history painting outlined in the Earl's 'A Notion of the Historical Draught of Hercules'.

Shaftesbury's persistent ill health forced him to retire to Naples where he wrote the work.

Provenance

Earls of Shaftesbury by descent until sold at Christie's.




Exhibitions at Ashmolean Museum

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