[Rocky landscape beside a lake.]
Etching printed in brown ink on laid paper, first state before all letters. 190 x 275mm, 7½ x 10¾". A fine impression with full margins. Uncut.
Five figures walking towards the water, their backs to the viewer, partially obscured by a slope in the foreground terrain; two figures on far shore in distance. After Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591 – 1666), known as Guercino. One of a number of prints after drawings by Guercino and other masters in the Royal Collection, etched by Francesco Bartolozzi (1728 - 1815). The original drawings by the Bolognese artist were acquired by the Earl of Bute while on his Grand Tour, and later given to George III. The king's librarian, Richard Dalton, met Bartolozzi in Italy in the early 1760s. This brought Bartolozzi to London in 1764 under Dalton’s employ. The plates were later bought by the London publishers John and Josiah Boydell, and published in two folio volumes. This appeared in Boydells' 'Eighty-two prints, engraved by F. Bartolozzi & c. from the original drawings of Guercino, in the collection of his Majesty'.
De Vesme 2184.
[Ref: 21290] £130.00