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Angus McBride
Hammurabi and the Law (Original) (Signed)

Hammurabi and the Law (Original) (Signed) by Angus McBride at The Illustration Art Gallery

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Artist: Angus McBride (biography)
Medium: Gouache on Board
Size: 15" x 19" (380mm x 470mm)
Date: 1973
Signature: Signed by Artist lower left

This is the Signed original Gouache painting by Angus McBride.

Hammurabi is best known for having issued the Code of Hammurabi, which he claimed to have received from Shamash, the Babylonian god of justice.

Unlike earlier Sumerian law codes, such as the Code of Ur-Nammu, which had focused on compensating the victim of the crime, the Law of Hammurabi was one of the first law codes to place greater emphasis on the physical punishment of the perpetrator. It prescribed specific penalties for each crime and is among the first codes to establish the presumption of innocence.

Lower left is the basalt stele on the reverse of which the law was written in Cuneiform script.

Single page illustration from the issue of Now I Know magazine published 8th September 1973. Painted by Angus McBride.


        

Angus McBride

Angus McBride