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Venus and Adonis. Mezzotint after B. West, 1767.

  • West, Benjamin, 1738-1820.
Date
[between 1770 and 1779?]
Reference
2969684i
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Description

On the left, cupids play with Venus's doves. On the right, a hunting dog. Venus had assisted Hippomenes to outrun the huntress Atalanta by dstracting her with golden apples

Publication/Creation

[London?], [between 1770 and 1779?]

Physical description

1 print : mezzotint ; platemark 36.6 x 47.8 cm

Lettering

Venus relating to Adonis the story of Hippomenes and Atalante. B. West pinxit.

References note

Helmut von Erffa and Allen Staley, The paintings of Benjamin West, New Haven 1986, under no. 112 (no mention of this mezzotint)
Not in: Alfred Whitman, British mezzotinters: Valentine Green, London 1902

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2969684i

Reproduction note

After: a large painting (165 x 218.5 cm) in the same direction (i.e. Venus on the viewer's left, Adonis on the right) exhibited by West at the Society of Artists in 1767 (von Erffa and Staley, loc. cit.)

Type/Technique

Languages

  • English


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