HerculesSo bald der Hercules [...]
Joh. George Hertel, excud. A.V. 1
Etching, sheet 340 x 215mm (13½ x 8½"). Trimmed inside platemark.
The twelfth and most difficult of Hercules' Labours: he was instructed by Eurystheus to go to the Underworld and kidnap Cerberus, the beast guarding the entrance to Hades. With rococo border and verses in German and Latin below. From a set of decorative prints etched from designs by Johann Esaias Nilson (1721-88), 'the German Watteau'. Nilson was part of a family of artists and established himself as the leading Augsburg artist of his day, whose influence extended across publishing, art academies, a role as court painter, and the decorative arts (especially ceramics).
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