Diana and Acteon. From the Original Picture, of the same Size, painted by Filippo Lauri; In the Collection of the Right Revd,, Thomas, Lord Bishop of Bristol:To whom This Plate is most humbly Dedicated, by his Lordship's Most Obliged, and most Humble Servant, J. Boydell.
No,, 9. under. Published according to Act of Parliament, by J. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside, London; March 1st, 1764.
Copper engraving, platemark 410 x 520mm (16 x 20½") Very large margins.
Actaeon sees the naked Diana bathing with her nymphs, in response to which she turned him into a stag and he was hunted by his own hounds, as recounted by Ovid in the 'Metamorphoses'. Titian had famously painted the same scene (a painting now in London's National Gallery); this scene is after the later Italian painter Filippo Lauri. From "The Most Capital Paintings in England", a series of engravings in five volumes, late 1760s-1786, the first three (1769 to 1773) originally published under the title Sculptura Britannica. These were a critical and financial success for the publisher John Boydell who promoted the interests of both artists, engravers and Patrons establishing a tradition in Britain for collecting prints.
Fagan 53:viii. Ex Collection Duke of Westminster.
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