Alma Tadema etching, Zal and Rudabeh

Alma Tadema, Zal and Rudabeh, etching, 1882, 148 mm x 203 mm, © Trustees of the British Museum, from Helen Zimmern (trans.) Epic of Kings by Ferdowsi, “And they gazed upon each other and knew that they excelled in beauty; and the hours slipped by in sweet talk while love was fanned in their hearts”