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.
(1) The composition for Apollo beim Lyraspiel is derived from Tischbein's line engraving of a scene on one of Sir William Hamilton's collection of classical vases (J.H.W. Tischbein, Collection of engravings from ancient vases discovered in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies between 1789-90, Naples, 1795, III, pl. 5).
(6-7 and 9-11) Illustrated in plate III, p. 134.