NiobeSee Ovids Metamorpho.s Page 17
Published according to Act of Parliament by J. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London 1761
Engraving, platemark 480 x 610mm (19 x 24"). Stains to small margins on 3 sides. Trimmed to platemark at top.
Dramatic landscape with Niobe surrounded by her children; Apollo stood on rocks upper right taking aim with bow and arrow. In Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', Niobe suggested that her seven sons and seven daughters made her superior to the goddess Latona (who had only two children). Latona's children Apollo and Artemis killed all of Niobe's children in revenge, and Niobe wept until she turned to stone. Engraved after Richard Wilson's 'The Destruction of the Children of Niobe', c.1760 (New Haven, Yale Center for British Art). The crucial painting of Wilson's career, 'Niobe' combined the romantic landscape scenery of Dughet and Rosa with a classicism evident here in the figures, derived from a famous classical sculpture group of Niobe, then in Rome. The engraving was made by William Woollett (1735-1785), perhaps the greatest British engraver of large line engraved landscapes such as this, and the success of the print was equally important for the future careers of Woollett and the publisher Boydell.
Ex Collection Duke of Westminster.
[Ref: 38488] £420.00