The PuzzleTo the Penetrating Genius's of Oxford, Cambridge, Eaton, Westminster, and the Learned Society of Antiquarians._ This Curious Inscription is humbly Dedicated [...]
Printed for J. Bowles at No 43 in Cornhill & Carington Bowles, No 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London / Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, 1756
Etching with additional letterpress printed from separate plate, sheet 280 x 150mm (11 x 6"). Trimmed around edges of printed area.
Early etching by the celebrated landscape painter and pioneer of aquatint printing Paul Sandby. This print is influenced by Poussin's 'Arcadian Shepherds' who puzzle over a tomb inscribed 'Et in Arcadia Ego'. Here, however, the figures are learned antiquaries who try to decipher the giant inscription. Unusually, this impression has the solution printed below from a second plate (lacking in the British Museum's two impressions). The print was popular enough to be copied in the 1770s.
Not in BM Satires; for the copy published by Darly, see ref. 14095
[Ref: 31957] £380.00