Worcestershire 1854 – 1914
A queen from Antiquity, most probably Queen Semiramis from Babylon
Oil on canvas : 122,7 X 91,9 cm
Signed bottom left “Sydney Herbert”
Frame : 133,8 X 103,3 cm
Sydney Herbert aimed to delight his audience with this kind of captivating pseudo-historical paintings, just like the 20th century directors of big-budget, American Peplum movies did with their impressive, bombastic sets of “Quo Vadis”, “Ben-Hur” or “Cleopatra".