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A Private European Residence: French and Neoclassical Furniture and Paintings & Works on Paper

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François Dubois
Paris 1790-1871
PARIS 1790-1871
THE DEATH OF MITHRIDATES
signed lower left: François Dubois and inscribed on the reverse of the stretcher: MORT DE MITRIDATE esquisse peinte de François Dubois 1816
oil on paper laid on canvas
42.5 by 37.2 cm.; 16 3/4 by 14 5/8 in.
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Mithradates had declared war on the Romans in 88 B.C. whereupon he quickly conquered Galatia, Phrygia and Asia.  Soon, however, the Roman armies under Sulla and Pompey were to defeat him over and over again; Mithradates' troops revolted and, having vainly tried to poison himself, Mithradates commanded a Gallic mercenary to run him through.

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