Skip to main content

Meleager and Atalanta: P.14997-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Meleager and Atalanta
Houghton Gallery


Printmaker: Earlom, Richard
Publisher: Boydell, John
Painter: Rubens, Peter Paul (After)




After the painting now attributed to Workshop of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Theodoor van Thulden (1606-1669), (c.1635, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg [as, 'Meleagr and Atalanta Hunting'], ??-9647; related to the canvas by Rubens, Atalanta and Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar, 1635-40; Prado, Madrid, P001662). The composition is seen in reverse with Atalanta to the left, having just fired her arrow into the hide of the Calydonian boar, her dogs leaping onto the animal, and Meleager with his spear to the right, preparing to kill the boar.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by the Rev. R. E. Kerrich, 1872 (received 1873)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1873) by Kerrich, Richard Edward


Production date: 1781-01-01 AD 1781


Mezzotint, printed in black ink. As published. Fully-lettered. Lettered with artists' names in the margin at lower left: 'Rubens Pinxit. / G. Farington delin.t' and lower right: 'Rich.d. Earlom Sculpsit.'. Publisher's details and title engraved to either side of the Earl of Orford's arms: 'John Boydell excudit 1781' / [in closed roman capitals] 'MELEAGER AND ATALANTA. / [in engraved italics] In the Gallery at Houghton / Size of the picture 10f, 7i by 20f 9 1/2i in length / Published Jan.y 1st 1781 by John Boydell, Engraver, in Cheapside London.' Inscribed in graphite in the margins at lower right: 'N.56 / 67 Kerrich'. Inscribed in graphite in large script on the verso: '355'. Inscribed in graphite on the verso, a price '1-1-0' and '33'. An impression of the first state before title is in the second of the two Boydell Houghton volumes bequeathed in 1816 by Lord Fitzwilliam; 'A Set of Prints Engraved after the Most Capital Paintings in the Collection of Her Imperial Majesty the Empress of Russia, Lately in the Possession of the Earl of Orford at Houghton in Norfolk, Volume 2'. See, 31.K.8-52.

School or Style


Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14997-R
Primary reference Number: 240044
Wessely (Earlom): 81.II
Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon): 4.56 (p.53)
Lugt: L.1568
Voorhelm Schneevoogt: 228.31.10
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Meleager and Atalanta" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-03-27 12:10:21

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Meleager and Atalanta |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-03-27 12:10:21|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like


Accession Number: Loan Ant.103.36

Meleager and Atalanta

Accession Number: C.3167-1928

Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar

Accession Number: C.132-1933


Accession Number: P.9729-R

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...