At the top (printed) "Canto XV. Ott 52"; at the bottom, "Ma pur si sero esercito e si groffo / Non vien che lor respinga o lor resista." At the very bottom in smaller type, "C.N. Cochin, Eques del. / J. Dumbrun, Sculp."
This print belongs to an ensemble of eighteen preparatory sketches (seven for vignettes and eleven for headpieces) for illustrations and two prints after Cochin for an edition of Torquato Tasso's "La Gerusalemme Liberata" published by François Ambroise Didot in Paris in 1784-1786. The engraving, in the opposite direction, was executed by Jean Dambrun (c. 1741-after 1814), and precedes p. 139 of Volume II of the second edition of 1785-186, a copy of which is in the Gordon Ray Collection (formerly Roederer Collection) at the Morgan Library.
After Charles Nicolas Cochin, Paris 1715-1790 Paris.