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Apollo and the Seasons
Royal Academy of Arts, London
William Woollett (1735-1785) and Benjamin Thomas Pouncy after Wilson and John Hamilton Mortimer
Apollo and the Seasons
1777 (undated)
Etching and engraving
393 x 530 mm
15 1/2 x 20 7/8 in.
05/3053
E47
To the left the god Apollo plays his lyre on Mount Olympus, raising his right hand towards the Seasons or Horae, four female figures who dance in a circle in the centre. Two putti sit blowing bubbles nearby. In a landscape with an overgrown temple and framing tree to the right, an extensive river or lake is the dominant feature, with mountains in the background and a square tower on the left bank in the middle distance.
London 2012 (unnumbered)
Purchased from Thomas Cadell the younger's executors, 27 March 1844
Lettered below the image:
[1] Left: Painted by R. Wilson
[2] Right: Etched by W. Woollett & B.T. Pouncy
Based loosely on a passage from the Homeric Hymn to Apollo. The subject was popular with classical landscape painters of the 17th and 18th centuries. Apollo, god of the Sun, plays his lyre while the four Seasons dance to the music.
E24 Richard Earlom and Robert Sayer after Wilson, Apollo and the Nymphs, Royal Academy of Arts, London
E24A Richard Earlom and Robert Sayer after Wilson, Apollo and the Nymphs, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
E24B Richard Earlom and Robert Sayer after Wilson, Apollo and the Nymphs, The British Museum
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P164 Apollo and the Seasons, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
P164A Apollo and the Seasons, Indianapolis Museum of Art
PL003685
Booth Notes Doc. 7; Edwards 1808, p. 88; Fagan 1885, p. 43, cat. XCVI, 1st State; WGC, pp. 93-94, 96, 167, pl. 26a (version 1)
Conserved 2012 by Emma Cox
09/02/2017