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Tuesday 3 March 2020

Unidentified artist’s etching, “Jason and the Dragon”, after Salvator Rosa

Unidentified artist (late 1600s)

“Jason and the Dragon”, after 1664, etching in reverse after Salvator Rosa (1615–1673).
See Rosa’s pen and brown ink with brown wash preliminary drawing for his etching, “Jason Bewitching the Dragon”, at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (Anckarsvärd 400):

The Art Gallery of New South Wales offers the following description of this print:
“The subject is based on the account in Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' in which Medea, who was in love with Jason, helped him in his quest for the Golden Fleece by giving him a magic potion to pour over the dragon that was guarding the treasure”

Etching with engraving (or drypoint) on laid paper with small margins around the platemark.
Size: (sheet) 35.4 x 23.4 cm; (plate) 34.4 x 22.2 cm; (image borderline) 33.5 x 21.5 cm.
Inscribed on a plaque at lower right: "ROSA".
Numbered on plate at lower right corner: “64.”

TIB 4512.019 C …[?] (Paolo Bellini & Richard W Wallace [eds.] 1990, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Italian Masters of the Seventeenth Century”, vol. 45, Commentary, New York, Abaris Books, pp. 360–62); Wallace 118 [copy] (Richard W Wallace 1979, “The Etchings of Salvator Rosa”, Princeton, Princeton University Press, pp. 312–16).

Condition: richly inked and near faultless early impression, trimmed with a small margin (approx. 10 mm) around the platemark. There is pale foxing and a light mark below the upper tree branch, otherwise the sheet is in very good condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions or significant stains).

I am selling this graphically strong etching in reverse after Rosa’s famous etching, for AU$375 in total (currently US$245.33/EUR220.06/GBP191.93 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this visually arresting etching (after Rosa) showing Jason—the leader of the Argonauts—with his cape dramatically billowing upwards as stands astride a dragon while pouring a stream of moly (aka “holy moly”—a magical sleeping potion) into its eyes, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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