IH, unbound volume inscr. bl. "G. Poussin pinxt." and "Publish'd April 9th.1750 / according to Act of Parliament."; inscr. br. "T.Major sculpt." and "No.1"; inscr. bc. "Ingrav'd from an Original Painting of Gaspar Poussin of the Same Size in the Collection of Mr. Langton. / London Sold by T. Major at the Golden Head in West Street the upper end of St. Martin's Lane." CRE MAJOR, Thomas; (English; c.1714-1799) CRE DUGHET, Gaspard; (Italian, 1615-1675) PUB MAJOR, Thomas; (English; c.1714-1799) Part of William Hunter's original bequest, this volume contains 44 prints after paintings primarily by Dutch and Flemish 17th century masters. The majority of the prints were etched by English engraver Thomas Major between 1744 and 1754. During this time Major studied in Paris under Jacques-Philippe Le Bas (1707-83), tutor to many of the century's best engravers, and on his return to England developed a reputation as one of the best engravers of his day. Hunter commissioned Major to engrave an anatomical drawing for him.
This is one of two prints after paintings by Gaspard Dughet in the volume (see Glaha 16952). There had been a revival of interest in the 1730s among British collectors in classical landscapes, coinciding with the rise of the Grand Tour. Prints after Dughet were as popular as those after Claude Lorrain, two of which Major also included in the volume (Glaha 16943 and 16944). The original painting belonged to a Mr. Langton.