Apollo & Daphne.
Engraving. Plate 431 x 291 (17 x 11½"). Trimmed to plate along side and upper edge. Crease not visible from front. Fine impression.
Apollo chasing Daphne, advancing from the right and reaching out to embrace her, while she is metamorphosed into a laurel tree mid-flight, her fingers sprouting branches; with her father, the river god Peneus, leaning against an urn in the foreground. The first of a complete set of copies engraved by Gunst from the famous 'Loves of the Gods' mezzotints by John Smith (1708-9). Smith's prints were engraved from paintings at Blenheim, now destroyed, then thought to be by Titian.
From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection. See Ref: 10496 for Smith mezzotint.
[Ref: 28353] £260.00