Venus applying to Jupiter for the destruction of Telemachus.While Mentor guards the youth from Beauty's snares, [/] Th'affronted Goddess for revenges prepares. [/] When Venus pleased, ev'n Jove can ill refuse, [/] And yields reluctant to Minerva's views.
Engraving. Sheet: 120 x 205mm (4¾ x 8"). Trimmed in lower edge. Some damage to upper margin.
Frontispiece to 'The Universal Magazine of of Knowledge and Pleasure...' Vol LXIV January 1779. Illustrating a excerpt from the Odyssey in which Venus, angered at Telemachus' search for his father Odysseus asks Jupiter for permission to kill him. Venus surrounded by putti stands before Jupiter, who is sat upon a throne of clouds, while other gods look on.
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