Francis Barlow (c.1626 -1704) The CAMEL and JUPITER - Master Engraving - 1668 - Fable
Francis Barlow (c.1626 -1704)
27.4 x 20 cm
Published for a series of etchings published to illustrate Ogilby's Fables. It comes from from one of the finest illustrated books of the 17th-century, and this series represents the best of Barlow's work as an illustrator.
A camel, bearing a load on top of which is a fly, walks along a rough track; in the distance, on a hill, another camel is kneeling; above, Mercury in flight, naked apart from a winged helmet and sandals, and holding his caduceus; top centre, Jupiter, crowned, holding thunderbolts, and accompanied by an eagle, sits in a cloud; in the background, trees and hills
Francis Barlow was an English painter, etcher, and illustrator. He ranks among the most prolific book-illustrators and printmakers of the 17th century, working across several genres: natural history, hunting and recreation, politics, and decoration and design.