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William Woollett, 1735–1785
after Richard Wilson, 1713/4–1782
Ceyx and Alcyone
Materials & Techniques:
Line engraving and etching on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 18 x 22 inches (45.7 x 55.9 cm), Plate: 17 3/4 x 22 inches (45.1 x 55.9 cm)

Inscribed on verso in graphite, lower left: "384b (encircled) | 41344 (encircled)"; lower right: "(IR74/651)"

Lettered lower left: "R. Wilson pinxt. Londini"; lower left: "Cernit: erat conjux. Ille est exclamat: et una | Ora, comas, vestem lacerat: tendensque trementes | Ad Ceyca manus. Sic, o carissime conjux, | Sic, ad me, miserande, redis? ait. ____ Ovid. Met. XL. 725."; lower center: "CEYX and ALCYONE. | From an Original Picture in the Possession of Ryland & Bryer. | Publish'd July 31st. 1769, as the Act directs, by Wm.Woollett, in Green Street, Leicester Fields, & Ryland & Bryer, at the King's Arms, in Cornhill, London."; lower right: "She knows too much in knowing whom she sees; | Her Husband's Corps; at this 'she loudly shrieks, | 'Tis he, 'tis he, she cries, and tears her cheeks, | Her Hair, and Vest. ______ | And it is thus. O dearer than my Life, | Thus, thus returnst thou to thy longing Wife! Dryden."; lower right: "Wm. Woollett Sculpt."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
(story of) Alcyone and Ceyx | cliffs | dead | husband | legend | mythology | religious and mythological subject | seascape | waves (natural events) | wife | winds
Associated People:
Accessible by appointment in the Study Room [Request]
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IIIF Manifest:

Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-03-06 - 2014-06-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Nobleness and Grandeur - Forging Historical Landscape in Britain, 1760 - 1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 2005-01-27 - 2005-04-24) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Martin Postle, Richard Wilson and the transformation of European landscape painting, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014, pp. 132, 285, Cat. No. 103, NJ18.W72 R53 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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