Hypsipyle, Destroying the Arms & Sceptre of her Father Thoas...
London Publish'd Feby. 1 1791, by L. Legoux, No.52 Poland Street, Soho.
Stipple engraving, in brown ink, 410 x 355mm. 16 x 14".
In Greek mythology, Hypsipyle was the Queen of Lemnos. During her reign, Aphrodite cursed the women of the island for having neglected her shrines. All the women developed extreme body odour that made them repugnant to the men folk. The men took up with female slaves taken on raids on Thrace. The women of the island decided upon revenge and, in one night, killed all their male relatives. Hypsipyle alone spared a male - her father, Thoas, whom she hid.
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