Mercury Putting Argus to Sleep
174 x 250 mm (6.9 x 9.8 in.)
Medium and Support:
Engraving on laid paper
Print impression quality:
Number 17 from series of 52 engravings Metamorphoses (illustrations for the work by Ovid)
Engraved in Goltzius's workshop. The set was formerly bound in a red leather album, gold-tooled with gilt edges owned by Simon Watney, Cornbury. The original DAC catalog card states that the album was bound by J. Clarke. The prints are pasted down along the left edge onto wove sheets, with hand-inked borders, that are numbered in sequence on verso from 1 to 20; 1 to 20; and 1 to 12. The first series consists of 20 sheets (Bartsch 31 – Bartsch 50), which were engraved in Goltzius’s workshop in 1589. The second series of 20 (Bartsch 51 – Bartsch 70) dates 1590. The third series of 12 (Bartsch 70 – Bartsch 82) was issued in 1615.
Inscribed with verse by Franco Estius
Provenance / Collectors' Marks:
Vernon J. Watney, Cornbury (name stamped in album)
Bartsch 47 (vol. 2); Illustrated Bartsch 47 (vol. 3, p. 355); for the series, see Hollstein 16–67 (vol. 1, p. 182) and 10–61 (vol. 7, p. 130); see also description attached to original DAC catalog card.
Purchase funds, 1968