Oil painting on canvas, laid down on panel, Apollo and Daphne, attributed to Michele Rocca (? Parma ca. 1670 - ca. 1751). A classical mythological scene depicting a young man with red drapery accosting a white-draped female whose fingers are sprouting bay leaves, with an older bearded man behind. The painting, in the manner of the Italian artist, Michael Rocca, shows the Greek sun-god Apollo amorously pursuing the unwilling nymph, Daphne, daughter of the river god, Peneus. Daphne prays to her father (pictured below her) to save her, whereupon leaves start to sprout from her fingers and she is turned into a laurel tree.
Acquired by Charles Winn as a painting by the 17th-century Italian master, Fillipo Lauri, it may have been the `Phillips Lauro' [sic] offered to Charles by the dealer, C.J.R.Dixon of Sidmouth Street, London in 1832, with four other paintings, to liquidate a debt, valued at £20; purchased by the National Trust by private treaty sale from Lord St Oswald in 2010.
Nostell Priory, The St Oswald Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
attributed to Michele Rocca (? Parma ca. 1670 - ca. 1751), artist
previously catalogued as attributed to Filippo Lauri (Rome 1623 – Rome 1694), artist
Brockwell 1915 Maurice Walter Brockwell, Catalogue of the Pictures and Other Works of Art in the Collection of Lord St Oswald at Nostell Priory, London 1915, cat. 93