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Meleager and Atalanta
Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library
Ascribed to John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-1779) after Wilson
Meleager and Atalanta
c. 1770
Pen and ink with wash on French blue-rag paper
330 x 248 mm
13 x 9 3/4 in.
Bolton Museum and Art Gallery
1947.74
NWD406
Tercentenary 2014 (109)
Acquired by Bolton Museum, 1947
Unsigned; no inscription
Pen with black and brown ink, brush-washed in brown, grey and blue, and heightened with white chalk
E23 Richard Earlom after Wilson, Meleager and Atalanta, 1771, and other impressions
E46 William Woollett & Benjamin Pouncy after Wilson, Meleager and Atalanta, 1779, and other impressions
E55 William Woollett & Benjamin Pouncy after Wilson, Meleager and Atalanta, 1794, and other impressions
P163 Meleager and Atalanta
The drawing has been attributed to Joseph Farington but seem more likely to be by Mortimer himself, made as a record of his alterations to part of P163 Meleager and Atalanta. Robin Simon has noted that Mortimer repainted some but not all of the figures. The horse in the painting, for example, is Wilson's, based on the Antique horse that, although unconnected to the rest of the group, could then be seen among the Niobe sculptures at the Villa Medici, Rome.
Simon 1981, fig. 30; Wilson and Europe 2014, p. 289