The compositions are related to Tischbein's pictures for the Oldenburg Idyllenzyklus, delivered to Duke Peter of Oldenburg in 1821. Tischbein sent Goethe watercolors of these compositions in May 1821, and he used them as the starting point for his verse cycle Wilhelm Tischbeins Idyllen.
(2) Another version of the Satyr lehrt sein Kind Syrinx blasen, which relates to the seventh verse of Goethe's Wilhelm Tischbeins Idyllen, is in the Goethe Collection at Weimar (M. Oppel, 1991, no. 43).
(3) A painting derived from this composition, Die Fruchbarkeit der Erde ('The Fertility of the Earth'), is in the Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Katalog der alten Meister der Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, 1956, no. 580).
(6) Illustrated in plate III, p. 134