Boy and Birds Nest.From the Original Picture Painted by Amoroso in the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire. Vol II No. 35.
Published Jan.y 1.st 1769, by J. Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside, London.
Engraving. Platemark: 400 x 295mm (15¾ x 11½"). Very large margins.
A humbly dressed boy sitting in a garden, feeding cherries to birds in a nest in his arm, with two other figures feeding swans in a pond in the background to the right, with an urn on a pedestal behind them. A coat-of-arms with stag charges is below within the title area, flanked by cherubs and stags, with the motto: "Cavendo Tutus'. After Amorosi's painting, then in the collection of Duke of Devonshire (1748 - 1811). From the series 'The Most Capital Paintings in England', Boydell's first major initiative as a pioneering publisher of fine engravings.
Ex Collection Duke of Westminster.
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