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Maurice Fenaille, Les Tapisseries des Gobelins, Paris, 1903, vol. 2 H.C. Marillier, Les Tapisseries de Hampton Court, 1962, p. 28, n°381-387
Charles Le Brun, Catalogue de l’exposition, Versailles, 1963, n°10 Michel Gareau, Charles Le Brun, Premier pientre de Louis XIV, New York, 1992, p. 208
The original designs for the set of tapestries of the History of Alexander were made by Charles Le Brun and exhibited at the Salon du Louve in 1673.
A series of five panels illustrating the history of Alexander the Great was subsequently woven in the newly established Gobelins workshops. The designs were also used in Brussels in the workshops of J.F. van den Hecke, G. Peemans and Jos de Vos.
A set of seven tapestries from the series of Alexander woven by the workshop of Jos de Vos and including “The Crossing of the Granique” is in the Queen’s Gallery at Hampton Court. That series has the same border as the present example.
The first battle of Alexander and the Persians took place on the shores of the Granique, near Troy, May 334 B.C.
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