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The infant Cyrus, being brought up by a dog, is discovered by a woman herding goats. Engraving by J. Boydell, 1765, after R. Earlom after G.B. Castiglione.

  • Castiglione, Giovanni Benedetto, 1609-1664
May 1st 1765
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About this work


According to legend, Cyrus the Great was exposed as a child as a result of a dream experienced by his grandfather that his grandson would one day overthrow him. Right, a tumulus carved with a relief sculpture and a tomb effigy


London (in Cheapside) : Boydell, engraver, May 1st 1765.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; image 43.9 x 40.4 cm


The exposition of Cyrus. This print, engrav'd from the original picture painted by Benedetto Castiglione, in the collection of the Right Honourable the Earl of Lincoln; is, with the deepest sense of gratitude, most humbly dedicated to the subscribers and encouragers of this undertaking by their much obliged, & most obedient humble servant; John Boydell. Benedetto Castiglione pinx.t. R.d Earlom delin.t John Boydell sculpsit 1765.

Lettering note

Bears number: No. 18. Includes coat of arms, presumably of Henry Fiennes Pelham-Clinton, 9th Earl of Lincoln


Wellcome Library no. 2803404i

Reproduction note

After: a painting in the collection of Henry Fiennes Pelham-Clinton (1720-1794), who succeeded to the title 9th Earl of Lincoln (as mentioned in the lettering) in 1730, and to that of 2nd Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne in 1768



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