Luca Giordana. “The Cyclops at Their Forge.” London: John Boydell, Jan. 1 1788. 18 3/4 x 13 3/4. Mezzotint by John Murphy. Very good condition.
A superb mezzotint based on Luca Giordano’s painting of cyclops working around a forge. In 1781, John Boydell, the leading British publisher of the day, commissioned a series of mezzotints based on paintings from Wlpole’s collection at Houghton, a collection which would be purchased by the Empress of Russia. The result was a group of superb prints by the best mezzotint artists of the day, of which this is a fine example.