© The British
This crude engraving of Rubens' Daniel
in the Lions' Den (in the British
Museum) is by the Edinburgh engraver Francis Lamb, who lived
between about 1775 and 1850.
The inscription reveals that the work was undertaken
during the lifetime of Archibald, 9th Duke of Hamilton, who inherited
the titles in 1799 and died in 1819. However, it is actually dedicated
to his son, Alexander, Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale (later
10th Duke of Hamilton), who gained control
of the Scottish estates shortly after beginning his parliamentary
career in 1802. Francis Lamb was evidently very proud of this print.
He begins his account of his Christian conversion and experience,
published in 1848: 'I, Francis Lamb, author of the Engravings 'Daniel
in the Den of Lions' (etc).
||Daniel in the
Lions' Den sold for £5,145 at the 1882 Hamilton Palace sale,
but was bought back by the 12th Duke of Hamilton three years later.
It realised £2,520 at the 1919 Hamilton Palace sale, and was purchased
by the National Gallery
of Art, Washington, in 1965 for $440,000.