Mercury and BattusFrom the Original Picture Painted by Claude le Lorrain, In the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire; To whom this Plate is Dedicated by his Grace's most Obliged and most Obedient Servant, John Boydell
Published Jan.y 1st 1767 by J. Boydell, Engraver, in Cheapside, London.
Engraving, platemark 480 x 610mm (19 x 24"). Small margins in 3 sides. Trimmed to platemark at top.
Pastoral landscape with subject from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'. Mercury, who has stolen Apollo's herd of cattle, with Battus, an old man who has witnessed the theft but is later turned to stone by Mercury for betraying his secret. Engraved after Claude Lorrain's painting 'Landscape with Mercury and Battus', 1663. As the dedication to the Duke of Devonshire indicates, the painting was already in the Devonshire collection at Chatsworth House, where it remains to this day. From "The Most Capital Paintings in England", a series of engravings in published in five volumes between the late 1760s and 1786, the first three of which (1769 to 1773) were originally published under the title Sculptura Britannica. These were a critical and financial success for the publisher John Boydell, who promoted the interests of artists, engravers and patrons, establishing a tradition in Britain for collecting prints.
Ex Collection Duke of Westminster.
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