Chryses, Priest of Apollo, invoking his God to revenge the Injuries done him by Agamemnon.Hom. Il.d
Publish'd March 1st 1774, by W.m Humphrey, Gerrard Street, Soho, London.
Scarce mezzotint, platemark 510 x 355mm (20 x 14"). Some creasing off image; repaired breaks along platemark.
During the Trojan War, Agamemnon abducted Chryses' daughter Chryseis and refused Chryses' attempts to ransom her (the gifts which Agamemon rejected lay on the floor). As shown here, Chryses then prayed to Apollo (seen here riding through the sky in his chariot) for revenge, which came in the form of a plague which befell Agamemnon's army. He was forced to return Chryseis in order to end it. The reunion of Chryses with his daughter was perhaps a common theme for artists of this period than the anguished invocation depicted here. Mezzotint by J.R. Smith published in 1774, the year after Benjamin West's painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy. The print was later republished by John Boydell.
D'Oench 36 i/ii; Frankau 81. For Chryses reunited with his daughter, see refs. 18276 and 21858. Ex: The Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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