The Adoration of the Magi, by Nicholas Dixon, after Rubens, circa 1680.

The three kings kneeling before the Christ Child held out by a blue-habited Virgin, in a barn with other onlookers, rectangular, 41cm by 31.5cm, rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame   The composition is based upon Rubens ‘Adoration of the Magi’ painted in 1624 for the high altar of the church of St. Michael, Antwerp.

Provenance: Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire, nee Cecil, her will, proved 13th November 1690 (‘A picture of the Navity of our Saviour … figures by Dixon’), by whom given to her daughter, Anne, Countess of Exeter; Thence by descent.


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