Melpomene (from The Nine Muses series, 3rd of 9 plates)
Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617)
Bartsch 148; Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish, vol. VIII) 150; Leesberg (New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish, Goltzius, part I) 131 (II/III)
Sheet: 24.5 x 16.6 cm (9 5/8 x 6 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Inscribed in plate, left of center, within engraved border: 3; in lower margin: Melpomene ostendit numeros qucis cena Thyeste,/Prognes olla quibus, quibus Oetheiq dolores/Et lachryme Electre, et meste lameta Eryphiles,/Describi Tragico possent instructa cotherno,/F.E.
Signed in plate, lower right: HG. Fecit.
Watermark (yes, but not yet identified); verso, collector's stamp in red: H.F.S. [Henry F. Sewall; Lugt 1309]; purple Parker Collection MFA stamp with accession number in ink: 7241 [Lugt 1870]; in graphite: Melpomene.[underlined]/-over, Tragedy,[underlined] Horace esteemed/her as the patronefs of Lyric poetry.
Henry Foster Sewell (b. 1816 - d. 1896; Lugt 1309), New York; November, 1897, purchased by the MFA through the Harvey D. Parker Fund. (Accession Date: October 21, 1897)
Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund