- Museum number
- Object: Aeneas Carryeng his Father out of the fire of Troye
Aeneas running into the foreground with his father Anchises on his shoulders carrying the statuettes of the Lares, leading his son Ascanius by the hand, with his wife Creusa following and Troy burning in the background to left; state with bevelled left edge and Lens' name excised.
- Production date
- 1674-1725 (circa)
Height: 213 millimetres
Width: 162 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Ganz refers to a painting of 1654 by Henry Gibbs in the Tate Collection (T06782) which shares much with the present composition (see also K. Hearn, 'An English Gentleman Painting, Henry Gibbs' in 'Burlington Magazine', Feb. 1998, pp. 99-101). A lost painting of c. 1587-9 by Federico Barocci, formerly at Prague, which is recorded in an etching of 1595 by Agostino Carracci, contained the fundamental compositional elements and may have been the ultimate model (Bartsch XVIII.99.110; Bohlin no. 203; for an impression, see V,8.186).
States [recorded by Nicholas Stogdon (Christopher Lennox-Boyd database)]
The plate in this impression appears to have been reduced on the left side, on a slight diagonal cutting inwards from the top. There is no sign of erased inscription above the 'ecit'. It therefore appears to indicate an intermediary state. The plate appeared as lot 3 in the sale of John King's stock, presided over by Abraham Langford, in London, January 1760.
(i) lettered 'B: Lens fecit // Aeneas Carryeing his Father out of the fire of Troye // E: Cooper ex.'
(ii) after 'B. Lens f' excised; left edge of the plate scratched and probably cut, measuring 165mm wide at the top and 163mm at the base.
(iii) the plate was presumably republished by King, as suggested by Stogdon, given the appearance of the plate in his sale, although no impressions have been identified.
Other impressions: Paris BN (i); Glasgow Hunterian (i)
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Aeneid
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of the British Museum, the Art Fund, Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, and numerous individual donors.
The annotations on the verso of this impression are in a hand found on several other subject mezzotints and possibly that of Bindon Blood (Lugt 3011). Christopher Lennox-Boyd notes that this impression comes from Nostell Priory Strutt; he presumably refers to the extra-illustrated copy of Joseph Strutt's 'Biographical Dictionary ... of ... Engravers' (London, J. Davies for Robert Faulder, 1785-86), 32 volumes, sold from there at Christie's King Street, 23/11/1998 (121).
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