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Meleager and Atalanta
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Richard Earlom (1743-1822) after Wilson
Meleager and Atalanta
Published 20 September 1771
Mezzotint with etching on laid paper
480 x 592 mm (sheet size)
19 x 23 1/4 in. (sheet size)
NMW A 11012
E23A
In a clearing before a waterfall a group of men surround a giant boar on the right and Meleager, on horseback, drives a spear into the beast. Anceus lies fallen next to it but Atalanta, with two female attendants, is aiming an arrow from the far left. A castle and aqueduct can be seen in the distance.
Tercentenary 2014 (107)
Acquired from Suckling & Co. 1930
Lettered below image:
[1] Upper left: R. Wilson pinxt.
[2] Upper centre: Robt. Sayer Excudit.
[3] Upper right: R. Earlom sculp.
[4] Lower centre: MELEAGER and ATALANTA | See Ovids Metamors. Book VIII. Pa. 54
[5] Lower centre: From an ORIGINAL PICTURE in the Possession of Mr. Sayer.
[6] Lower right publication line: London. Printed for Robt. Sayer, Map & Printseller. No. 53 in Fleet Street.
[7] Lower right: Published as the Act directs Sepr. 20. 1771.
[1] Lower right, pencil: 30/-
The subject is taken from the Roman poet, Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC-AD 17/18) known as Ovid. The lovers Meleager and Atalanta killed a huge boar sent by the goddess Diana to devastate the countryside of Calydon. Meleager presented the hide to Atalanta but his uncles, the sons of Thestius, took it from her, whereupon he killed them, leading to his own death (Metamorphoses Book VIII, lines 260-546).
D167 Study of the Altar introduced in the Composition 'Meleager and Atlanta', Victoria & Albert Museum, London
E46 William Woollett and Benjamin Pouncy after Wilson, Meleager and Atalanta, 1779, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven and other impressions
E55 William Woollett and Benjamin Pouncy after Wilson, Meleager and Atalanta, 1794, Royal Academy of Arts, London and other impressions
E72/32 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, The Murder, The British Museum
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P163 Meleager and Atalanta, Tate, London
30.160
1930.1
Edwards 1808, p. 88; Wilson and Europe 2014, p. 288
Image size: 445 x 560 mm (17 1/2 x 22 in.); plate size: 466 x 560 mm (18 3/8 x 22 in.). Discoloured. Trimmed. Flattened horizontal fold across entire upper surface - invisible from front. Repaired tear lower right.
01/06/2017