Virtumnus & Pomona.
London, Publish'd June 1st 1780, by Watson & Dickinson No. 158, New Bond Street.
Rare mezzotint. Sheet size: 400 x 280mm. Thread margins at three edges. Trimmed just inside plate at lower edge.
'Pomona, a nymph who loved to tend her fruit trees and flowers, shut herself up in a garden away from all human and divine lovers. Vertumnus, the god of orchards, desired her passionately and tried various ruses to enter her garden. At last, disguised as a very old woman, he is granted admission, where he begins to woo the nymph by praising her beauty and her fruit.' After English portrait and historical painter Robert Edge Pine (1730-1788).
CS:22, Lugt:2715a. Ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 40012] £260.00