They land, that expiations may be pay'd... With whom Ulysses to the Altar went... Les Nochers jettent... au pied des saints autels... [quotation from Homer's Iliad in English and French.]
London, Publish'd June 12th. 1787, by S. Vivares No.13, Great Newport Street.
Stipple and etching, 385 x 440mm. 15╝ x 17╝". A fine impression. Repaired top middle near platemark.
A scene from the 'Iliad' epic poem, presumed to be by Homer (9th century BC - 8th century BC; fl.c.): Chryseis, priestess of Apollo on the island of Chryse near Troy, in classical dress, ascending the steps of a colonnaded porch to embrace her father Chryses, who leans forward, wearing a cape decorated with a sun and a laurel wreath. A soldier and a youth stand behind to right, restraining a garlanded bull; women behind them and a girl standing in the left foreground, holding censers. In an oval. After Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727 - 1785).
From the Norman Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 18276] £320.00