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Dated 1792, this verdant and warm Arcadian landscape arose during Boguet's first Roman period (1789-1797), during which time he often included episodes from Roman history and mythology. Here, he illustrates a scene from Virgi's fifth Eclogue in which two shepherds, Menalcus and Mopsus, stumble upon the tomb of Daphnis, a famed poet and Sicilian shepherd known for Bacchic revelry. The Latin inscription found on his tomb reads, in translation, "I woodland Daphnis, blazoned among stars, guarded a lovely flock, still lovelier I" (Virgil, Eclogues, V, 43-44).1
This composition was engraved by Boguet in 1792, and a comparable drawing, likely preparatory in nature, is now preserved in the Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe in Rome.2 To meet the strong demand of his clientele, Boguet is known to have made repetitions and variations of his works, and another version of this composition, titled Paysage du Latium, is recorded in a Viennese private collection.3
1. See Wintermute, under Literature, p. 261. See also P.J. Alpers, The Singer of Eclogues: A Study of Virgilian Pastoral with a new translation of the Eclogues, Berkely, 1979.
2. See G. Fusconi, I Paesaggi di Nicolas-Didier Boguet e I Luoghi tibulliani, dale collezioni del Gabinetto Nazionale delle stampe, exhibition catalogue, Lungara 1984, p. 110, cat.no. 70, reproduced p. 108.
3. 56 by 77 cm. See M.M. Aubrun, “Nicolas-Didier Boguet (1755-1839) un emule du Lorrain,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, LXXXIII, 1974, p. 326, cat. no. 3, reproduced.
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