IH, unbound s. on plate b. r. "CR tentavit anno 1769"; inscr. on plate b. l. "Luca Cambiaso delt"; inscr. on plate b. c. "In the Collection of George Knapton Esqr. / CR edit."; inscr on plate t. c. "Qualiter in Scythica religatus rupe Prometheus / Assiduam nimio pectore pavit Avem. - Martial. Spectac. VII" CRE ROGERS, Charles; (English; 1711-1784) AFTER CAMBIASO, Luca; (Italian; 1527-1585) PUB ROGERS, Charles; (English; 1711-1784) This unbound volume is part of William Hunter's original bequest. Published by Charles Rogers (1711-1784), an eminent eighteenth century collector, it consists of 112 prints accompanied by introductory texts on the artists represented. It highlights the wealth of old master drawings held in contemporary private British collections and is among the most impressive art historical writings of 18th century England.
Cambiaso's drawing belonged to George Knapton, painter, collector and Surveyor and Keeper of the King's pictures from 1750. A number of his drawings came from the collection of his former tutor, the leading connoisseur Jonathan Richardson. Cambiaso, was the founder of the Genoese school of painting. This is one of four drawings by him represented in the volume (Glaha 9087, 9088, 9215).
Prometheus was a Greek god of fire. According to legend he stole fire from heaven and gave it to humans. This angered Zeus who punished him by nailing him to a mountainside where an eagle came daily and ate his immortal liver. This torment continued until Hercules came to rescue Prometheus.