Venus and Adonis.From the Original Picture by Nicholas Poussin, in the Collection of M.r. Reynolds. Size of the Picture, 2. F. 5 ½ by 3. F. 3 in Length.
John Boydell excud.t. 1766.
Mezzotint with engraving. Plate: 500 x 420mm, (19¾ x 16½"). Very large margins. Some foxing in margins.
A fine image Venus and Adonis lie sleeping in an embrace while cherubs play with bows and arrows and catch a hare. Based on Ovid's story in Metamorphoses, Book 10 which tells of how Venus took the young Adonis as her lover and tries to persuade him not to hunt fearing for his safety, Adonis however, ignores her warning and is killed by a boar. 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.
[Ref: 38265] £350.00