A Sacrifice to Pan.From the Original Picture Painted by Andrea Sacchi, In the Collection of the Right Honourable the Earl of Lincoln; To whom this plate is Dedicated by his Lordship's most Obliged and most Obedient Servant John Boydell. No. 49.
Published according to Act of Parliament, Jan: 1.st 1769.
Engraving. Platemark: 480 x 600mm (19 x 23½"). Small margins. Light spotting in margins.
A mythological scene in which several figures are shown sacrificing goats to Pan, the classical god of flocks and shepherds. Being a rustic god Pan was not worshipped in temples but in natural settings such as the landscape depicted. Pan, shown with legs of a goat and holding his characteristic pipes watches the proceedings from the left while a druid prepares a sacred fire to the right of the image. 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: 38301] £280.00