The Death of Adonis
Waterloo was a north French painter and etcher active in Utrecht and elsewhere in the northern Netherlands. His oeuvre consists of landscapes often with figures. One-hundred and thirty-six etchings are extant, done in an original technique combining various materials.
According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Adonis, a beautiful youth beloved by Venus, is warned to take care while hunting, but he is gored by a boar and dies. His body lies under a tree, his spear by his side, and he is mourned by his dog while two more dogs chase the boar in the background. The scene is typical of Waterloo’s works in its focus on trees while the actual subject is reduced to small-scale figures. The artist’s signature is on the upper left “A.W. in. et f.” along with the number 6. (So he is both the inventor and faber (maker) of this print.)