Erminia and the Shepherds.
Signed l.r.: F.L. and inscribed on the reverse Lauro.
Oil on copper.
30.5cm by 40.5cm.
This was purchased by the 5th Earl in 1684 in Rome, from the artist for the sum of 100 Crowns. The subject is taken from the epic poem, ‘Jerusalem Delivered’, by Torquato Tasso (1544-95), which was published in 1581 and became a ‘bestseller’ of its time.