[Meleager and Atalanta]From an Original Picture in the Possession of Mr. Sayer / See Ovids Metamor.s Book VIII Pa. 54
Rob.t Sayer Excudit / London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer, Map & Printseller No 53 in Fleet Street / Published as the Act directs Sep.r 20 1771
Mezzotint, 465 x 560mm (18¼ x 22"). Very large margins (tatty). Repaired tear at top.
Atalanta (drawing her bow lower left) and her lover Meleager (on horseback with spear) slay the huge boar which Diana sent to devastate the countryside of Calydon. Dramatic rocky landscape with waterfall behind, showing the influence of Salavator Rosa's sublime scenery on British landscape. Subject from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', a rich source of subject matter for artists. Engraved by leading mezzotint engraver Richard Earlom after the painting, c.1770, by Richard Wilson (now in the Tate collection). The publisher of this print, Robert Sayer, was the first recorded owner of the painting.
[Ref: 38607] £330.00