After the antique originals in the Villa Albani, Rome by Mr. Reiffenstein, Councillor to the Landgraf of Hesse Cassel, 15.9cm.
In original giltwood frames, 31.8cm by 28cm; inscribed by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793).
In Greek mythology Endymion was an Aeolian shepherd loved by Selene, the Titan goddess of the moon.
Johann Friedrich Reiffenstein (1719-1793), was a German cicerone, or guide, for Grand Tourists.
He was also a painter, an antiquarian and an agent for art collectors in 18th Century Rome.