[Ganymede and the Eagle.]
Etching, sheet 160 x 220mm. 6¼ x 8¾". Trimmed to image.
In Greek mythology, Ganymede is a divine hero whose homeland was the Troad. He was a Trojan prince, son of the eponymous Tros of Dardania, and of Callirrhoe, and brother of Ilus and Assaracus. Ganymede was the most handsome among mortals, by reason of which he was abducted by Zeus in the form of an eagle to serve as cupbearer to the gods and as Zeus' beloved. Here the nude Ganymede sits by a lake looking up at the eagle in the sky, with spaniels barking at the bird on the banks. An illustration to a French book of Aesop's Fables, text to verso.
[Ref: 10738] £80.00