|Published||Print for Carnan and Newbery, St. Paul's Church-Yard; S. Crowder, in Paternoster Row; and T. Caslon, Stationers Court, Ludgate-Street London; and B. Collins, Salisbury. c.1777|
|Dimensions||Image 133 x 75 mm, Plate 150 x 93 mm, Sheet 171 x 105 mm|
A view of hell from Andrew Tookes' The Pantheon Representing the Fabulous Histories of the Heathen Gods, and Most Illustrious Heroes.
The accompanying text reads: 'Wond'rous! What a horris and dismal spectacle is here! You must imagine that we are now in the Confines of Hell. Prithee come along with me; I will be the same friend to you which the Sibyl was to Aeneas. Nor shall you need a golden Bough to present to Proserpine. You see here painted those regions of hell, of which you read a most elegant description in Virgil. The Passage that leads to these infernal Dominions was a wide dark cave, thro' which you pass by a steep rocky Descent, till you arrive at a gloomy Grove, and an unnavigable Lake call'd Avernus, from whence such poisonous Vapours arise, that no Birds can fly over it, for in flight they fall down dead, being poison'd with the stench of it.'
Condition: Some time toning to sheet edges.