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Apollo and the Nymphs
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Richard Earlom (1743-1822) after Wilson
Apollo and the Nymphs
Published 20 April 1772
Mezzotint
451 X 555 mm
17 13/16 x 21 13/16 in.
05/3051
E24
Apollo is seen playing his lyre on the banks of a river in a classical landscape with nymphs dancing in a ring and two children blowing bubbles. There is a temple and statue of a river god on the right with hills in the background to the left and the sky infused with the rays of the rising sun.
Purchased from Thomas Cadell the younger's executors, 27 March 1844
Lettered below the image:
[1] Lower left: R. Wilson pinxt
[2] Lower centre: R. Sayer Excudit
[3] Lower right: R. Earlom sculp
[4] Lower centre: APOLLO and the NYMPHS | From an ORGINAL PICTURE in the Possession of Mr. Sayer
[5] Lower left;: London. Printed for Robt. Sayer Map & Print Seller No. 5 New Fleet Sreet
[6] Lower right: Published as the Act directs April 20th 1772
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 (here described as nymphs) dance to the music.
E47 William Woollett and Benjamin Pouncy after Wilson, Apollo and the Seasons, The British Museum
E47A William Woollett and Benjamin Pouncy after Wilson, Apollo and the Seasons, Royal Academy of Arts, London
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Another impression is in the Royal Collection (RCIN 813291)
P164 Apollo and the Seasons, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
P164A Apollo and the Seasons, Indianapolis Museum of Art
PL006184
2nd state