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The  Triumphs  of  Alexander

In  an  Absolute  Copy

Charles Le Brun, The Triumphs Alexander the Great

in  Imperial  Ruby  Leather

Le Brun, Charles (1619 Paris 1690). The Triumphs (or The Battles or The Histories) of Alexander the Great. Set of the 5 (3 folded) sheet (27⅜-28⅜ × 35⅝-62¾ in [69.6-72 × 90.4-159.3 cm], on guards) printed from 15 (not 16!) plates + joined in etching with engraving by Girard Audran (4) + Gerard Edelinck. Paris 1672/78 (Audran) + c. 1671. Imperial folio (30¾ × 21½ in [78 × 54.5 cm]). Copy-specific 2 leaves black stamped text + contents, 1 white leaf.

Ruby  cow-hide  design  binding  over  wooden  boards

with 4 ornamental raised bands enclosed by lines, spread over lines on the covers

each  with  4  large  Bourbon  fleurs-de-lis  in  the  corners ,

two-piece artist & title stamp on the front and

large  ligated  R(oi)S(oleil)  monogram

as together also brand of the Red Series here as centerpiece on the back cover, black back-plates, brown inner covers & fly-leaves, the front inner cover + fly-leaf of which with  text  and  title  resp. accompanied  by  Bourbon  fleur-de-lis , red series and niemeyer fine arts resp. on the inner covers’ lower edge as well as JayAitchDesign on the lower edge of the back cover, all gilt tooled in 23.5 carat in English.

Documenting  the  stations

Charles Le Brun, The Passage of the Granicus

The  Passage  of  the  Granicus

May 334 B.C.

1672  –  4 sheet on 3 plates in the same direction  –  28⅛-28¼ × 55⅛ in (71.5-71.7 × 139.9 cm)
(margins: above & below 25-3.5 cm, sides 6 cm)
(1662/65 – 185 × 476 in [4.70 × 12.09 m] – G. pp. 208-213)

The  first  major  battle  of  the  Alexander  Campaign

 

Charles Le Brun, Alexander in the Tent of Darius

Alexander pays a visit to the family of the fled Persian king Darius

November 333 B.C.

C. 1671  –  Printed from 2 plates in reverse  –  28⅜ × 35⅝ in (69.6 × 90.4 cm)
(margins: above &  below 3.7-4 cm, left 7 cm, right 3.5 cm)
(1661/62 – 117⅜ × 178⅜ in [2.98 × 4.53 m] – G. pp. 196-201)

In  the  Morning  after  the  Battle  at  Issus  333

 

Charles Le Brun, The Decisive Battle at Arbela/Battle of Gaugamela

The  Decisive  Battle  of  Arbela / Gaugamela

October 1 , 331  B.C.

1674  –  Printed from 4 plates in the same direction  –  28⅛-28⅜ × 62⅝ in (71.3-72 × 159.2 cm)
(margins: above & below 2.3-2.5 cm, left 9 cm, right 11 cm)
(C. 1666/68 – 185 × 498 in [4.70 × 12.65 m] – G. pp. 214-219)

The  first  of  the  two  decisive  battles  in  the  conquest  of  Asia ,

here  concerning  the  Persian ,
5  years  later  at  the  Hydaspes  –  see  below  –  the  Indian  campaign .

 

Charles Le Brun, Alexander's Triumphant Entry into Babylon

After the surrender of the magnificent , the mighty city without a fight

Alexander’s  Triumphant  Entry  into  Babylon

Fall 331 B.C.

1675  –  Printed from 2 plates in reverse  –  28 × 36½ in (71.2 × 92.7 cm)
(margins: above & below 2.3-3.5 cm, left 5 cm, right 3 cm)
(1662/65 – 177⅛ × 278⅜ in [4.50 × 7.07 m] – G. pp. 202-207)

 

Charles LeBrun / Girard Audran, Alexander + Porus

At  the  Hydaspes – Alexander  and  Porus

May  326 B.C.

1678  –  Printed from 4 plates in the same direction  –  28-28⅛ × 62¾ in (71-71.3 × 159.3 cm)
(margins: above & below 2.2-4 cm, sides 10-11 cm)
(C. 1666/68 – 185 × 497⅝ in [4.70 × 12.64 m] – G. pp. 220-225)

The  last  forward  major  battle .

and after Donald Posner, Charles LeBrun’s Triumphs of Alexander,
in The Art Bulletin XLI [1959], no. 3, 237 ff.

“ the  probably  first  representation  of  the  Porus  subject  in  the  history  of  art ”.

Alexander  to  the  defeated  brave  aged  Porus :

“ How  would  you  like  to  be  treated ? ”

“ As  befits  a  king .”

The final sheet of this graphic cycle standing alone and celebrated by literature through the times as

“ MONUMENTS  OF  THE  HISTORY  OF  PRINT ”

+

“ One  can  hardly  imagine  more  beautiful  engravings … ”

(AKL 1992  and Thieme-Becker 1908 resp.)

 

“ Always  only  to  ask  for  the  useful

is  not  fitting  at  all

Le Brun / Triumphs of Alexander / The Eagle of Victory

for  generous  and  free  humans ”

(Aristotle , teacher of Alexander)

And so 50 years after the Grande Nation by the way beyond the Rhine the young Johann Elias Ridinger, being almost the same age as Alexander in the time of his zenith, shall pick up then the thread of Le Brun’s cycle, adding the great stations of Halicarnassus (334 B.C.) + the 1st Passage of the Tigris near Bedzabde in 331 on the march to the above encounter with Darius at Gaugamela/Arbela not treated by the former. To master after that, left unpublished in copper, in brilliant 1723 drawing writing art history the final accord: Alexander’s decision to turn back at the Indian Hyphasis in fall 326 as a Turning-point of History. And therewith the virtual end of the Alexander Campaign.

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to  the  extensive  detail  description

The Red Series - a creation of lüder h. niemeyer


„ vielen Dank für Ihre Sendung (Würbs, Halle/Saale, von Presslers Garten aus gesehen). Damit war Weihnachten ein voller Erfolg … “

(Frau M. R., 25. Dezember 2011)