James Barry, ‘Mercury Inventing the Lyre’, 1775, Emanuel von Baeyer

A very fine impression with small margins around the platemark, printed in the same manner as the second state impression in the British Museum (BM 1868.06.12.2202.)
The second state was the first published state before the new re-engraved text and a quote from Horace : 'Mercury, eloquent grandson of Atlas,/I'll sing of you, who wise with your training, shaped/the uncivilised ways of our new-born race,/with language, and grace/in the ways of wrestling, you the messenger/of Jove and the gods, and the curved lyre's father.' (Book I.Ode.X, 1&2).

Frankau, 235 II/III
D'Oench, 53.

About James Barry

Irish, 1741-1806, Cork, Ireland, based in London, United Kingdom

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