Fine Victorian Etching 'The Slayer of Argus' c1880, produced by Barrie Freres (Paris) & Georges Barrie (Philadelphia), and published by Popelin & LaRat. Griffen.
Entitled 'The Slaying of Argus' it depicts the Greek God Hermes after he has slain Argus Panopties..the hundred eyed Giant. The story goes that Hermes lulled Argus to sleep with his beautiful flute playing and then lopped off his head with a sword. The Goddess Hera transplanted his eyes to the tail of the peacock.
Here we see the slain Argus..minus his head and the victorious Hermes as he holds the head aloft in triumph. The Peacock stands behind them displaying his beautiful 'eyed' tail feathers.
With a Remarque 'Griffen' bottom left, this issue is reputedly the rare 'before text' edition issued in 1880.
Printed on Imperial Japan Paper with a plate impression all around.
Measuring 10 1/2" x 6" + margins it is in good condition.
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