Pair of hand-colored copper engravings of Flying Satyr and Maenad with Spear, one depicting a maenad from the front and the other from the back, both in matching newer gilt frames. Charles III (1716–88), King of Spain (1759–88) and of Naples and Sicily commissioned a series of artists to illustrate the art works found in the Ercolano, Pompeii and surrounding excavations. The illustrations were compiled in eight volumes (the original plan was to make forty!), five of paintings, two dedicated to bronzes and one to lamps and candelabra. The books took decades to complete as the excavations progressed slowly due to the hardness of the lava stone, difficult and dangerous access as well as continued eruptions. Engravings come in newer gilt frames, are cropped close to the border, pasted on board, and hand painted. In good used condition with toning, and imperfections to frames as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 12 5/8" by 10 3/4" (32 cm by 27.3 cm); Visible Image: 8 3/4" by 6 3/4" (22.2 cm by 17.1 cm) approximately.