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Jupiter reluctantly revealing himself to Semele as he disrobes her in her sleep; she awakes and reacts with terror. Engraving by T. Cook, 1771, after B. West, ca. 1767.

  • West, Benjamin, 1738-1820.
[Feb.y 16th 1771]
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About this work


Ovid, Metamorphoses III.295-315


[London] (No. 132 in Fleet Street) : Published by Thos. Bradford ; [London (No. 82 Cornhill)] : [Hen. Parker], [Feb.y 16th 1771]

Physical description

1 print : line engraving, with etching ; platemark 43.5 x 56 cm


Ben. West pinx. ; Thos. Cook sculp.


[State with scratched lettering].

References note

Helmut von Erffa and Allen Staley, The paintings of Benjamin West, New Haven 1986, pp. 244-245, nos. 155-156

Lettering note

According to the British Museum online catalogue, and von Erffa and Staley, the fully lettered state of the print states that Thomas Bradford was the owner of the painting


Wellcome Library no. 3065468i

Reproduction note

After a painting reported to have been "lost at sea" in 1804 (von Erffa and Staley, op. cit. no. 155) or after a smaller surviving version in the opposite direction to the print (ibid., no. 156)



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