Landscape with Mercury Lulling Argus to Sleep (from the series Landscapes with Biblical and Mythological Scenes)
Mercury Playing to Argus
about 1551 - before 1558
Hieronymus Cock (Netherlandish, 1510–1570), After Matthijs Cock, Netherlandish, about 1509 - before 1548
Hollstein (Dutch and Flemish) 13; Riggs 42
Sheet: 22.8 x 32.2 cm (9 x 12 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Inscribed in plate, lower center: Argum Mercurius somnolentu reddit.
Signed in plate, lower right: H • COCK • FE
Watermark: large hand with cuff; verso, in black ink: C. Wiesböck/848 [Lugt 2576]; in graphite 51/6; WO[?]x; J-vga; a62619 [underlined]; 74; [?]u 525; MFA stamp with accession number in graphite: 63.2798
Carl Wiesböck (b. 1811-d. 1874), Vienna. William Goodwin Russell Allen (b. 1882 - d. 1955), Boston; by inheritance to his niece, Lydia Evans Tunnard (Mrs. Christopher Tunnard, b. 1913 - d. 1980), New Haven, CT; December 30,1963, her gift to the MFA.
Gift of Mrs. Lydia Evans Tunnard, in memory of W. G. Russell Allen