[Banditti with a female captive.]
Published Feb.14th 1780 by J. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London.
Mezzotint, platemark 255 x 305mm (10 x 12"). Thread margins; glued to backing sheet at corners. Good impression of a rare print.
Banditti scene after John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-79), published soon after the artist's death. Influenced by the works of Salvator Rosa (immensely popular during the period), Mortimer incorporated Rosa's disturbing banditti and occult subject matter in the 1770s. This print is usually regarded as a generic banditti scene: a preparatory drawing in the collection of Richard Payne Knight (now in the British Museum) was etched by Robert Blyth and published in November 1780 with the title 'Banditti Returning'. However, a related painting by Mortimer (Newcastle, Hatton Gallery) is titled 'The Sacrifice of Polyxena'. In Euripides' plays, Polyxena was sacrificed at the end of the Trojan War to appease the gods.
Ex: collection of the Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Ex: Collection Christopher Mendez; D'Oench 145. Frankau: Not in.
[Ref: 36371] £260.00