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Mercury Playing Argus to Sleep (from a series illustrating Ovid's Metamorphoses)

Inscription

in plate, lower margin, left: Centum oculis vigilem Tegees illusit alumnus,/Æterniq astu iussa parentis obit.; right: Fallaci cantus modulamine deperit argus,/Insomnem sopit fitula blanda virum.; in ink, lower left and lower right: .17.

Signed

not signed

Marks

verso, purple MFA Babcock Bequest stamp, with accession number in ink: 1723

Provenance

1900, bequest of William P. Babcok (1826-1899, Boston and Paris)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 047 (engravings after designs by Goltzius)

Accession Number

B1723

Medium or Technique

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