Oil on copper, 13.5cm by 22.5cm. Signed and dated on the reverse: Filippo Laoro.F. 1681, monogrammed l.c on a rock, ‘F.l’. The painting was purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700) in 1684, whilst on his second Grand Tour and is recorded in the 1688 Burghley Inventory: “My Lady’s Clossett….Appollo flaying a Satyr by phillipo lauro”. Filippo Lauri was one of the principal Italian artists patronised by the 5th Earl.