Description: We offer an original copperplate engraving by Bernard Picart. Printed with two plates: the illustration image is 9 ¾” x 8” and the border plate is 13 ⅞” x 10”, on handmade laid paper with full margins intact (17 ⅞” x 12”). The engraving is titled “Arion preserved by a Dolphin” in French, English, German and Dutch under the image and the border is lettered with production detail: 'B. Picart del.'at the lower left. From Picart’s classic portfolio of prints, “The Temple of the Muses”, published in Amsterdam in 1730-1733. This finely engraved image features Arion, mounted on a dolphin, playing the harp with sea nymphs gazing lovingly up at him. Framed with an ornate border with a lion's head at the top. Item #PR00185.
Bernard Picart (1673-1733) was a French engraver and illustrator most known for book-illustrations, including the Bible and Ovid. His most famous work is: Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde with his illustrations exploring other religions with an uncommon eye for accuracy and detail. More recently, the book has been examined as an early example of religious tolerance in 18th century Europe. Picart lived and worked in Amsterdam and was a converted Huguenot.
Condition: The margins are slightly discolored from prior framing and a few faint dampstains. There is a small ½” tear at the binding margin on the right, well away from the image, overall good presentable condition.