[Cupid Burning Armour.]
Fine stipple, proof before title, image 130 x 160mm. 5 x 6¼". Trimmed within lower platemark; a strong impression.
Cupid holding a torch and burning a helmet; bow, quiver and books scattered to right. Coat of arms to lower margin. After Elisabetta Sirani (1638 - 1665). From 'The Houghton Gallery', a set of 162 prints reproducing paintings from the collection of Sir Robert Walpole at Houghton. The project was initiated by John Boydell after it had become increasingly likely that the collection would have to be sold (the paintings were eventually sold to Catherine of Russia in 1778 and are now part of the Hermitage Museum's collections). The plates were published from 1774 to 1788 in two volumes.
[Ref: 18830] £90.00