Celadon and Amelia.From an Original Picture, in the Collection of Wm. Lock Esqr [...]
Publish'd June 10th. 1766 as the Act directs, by W. Woollett in Long's Court, Leicester Fields, & Ryland & Bryer at the King's Arms in Cornhill, London.
Engraving, sheet 440 x 550mm (17½ x 21½"). Trimmed inside platemark; repaired tear at top. Foxed.
Celadon at the centre, looking to the heavens with his arms outstretched in disbelief and grief; Amelia lies dead at his feet. In the background a house with a shepherd driving his sheep up a hill, on which is a fortress. To right, a bay with stormy seas and a broken bridge. Verse from 'Summer' by James Thomson from his 'The Seasons' below. After an unlocated painting by Richard Wilson (1714 - 1782), the preeminent British landscape painter of the mid-18th century. Wilson's painting was exhibited in 1765 as 'A Summer Storm with the Story of the Two Lovers from Thompson (Celadon and Amelia), reinforcing the link with this popular literary source for 18th century artists. David Solkin has described this subject as a modern, Christian, English equivalent to the Ovidian death scene 'Destruction of the Children of Niobe' which Wilson also famously painted.
Fagan: 57, VI of VIII; for Wilson's 'Niobe' see ref 38488
[Ref: 38962] £240.00