|Method||Aquatint with etching|
|Published||London, Pub. by Pyall & Stroud, 19, Hanway Street, Oxford Street, 1829.|
|Dimensions||Image 84 x 102 mm, Plate 135 x 195, Sheet 185 x 279 mm|
From an uncommon publication of Byron's poetical works, by an unknown engraver. It is possible that the plate was executed by the publisher Henry Pyall, who also worked in aquatint.
An accompanying illustration to the 66th stanza of the 4th Canto of Lord Byron's epic poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. The fourth stanza sees the wandering Byronic Hero in Venice, reflecting on the past glories of Italy. The inscription, 'Surely that stream was unprofaned by slaughters, A mirror and a bath for beauty's youngest daughters!' refers to the River Clitumnus in Umbria, considered one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Italy by 19th century tourists. The 'youngest daughters' of Venus were the river nymphs, seen here languishing on the banks of the Clitumnus and bathing in its waters. In the background, a small temple stands behind a weeping willow, many of which were planted along the river's banks to enhance its poetic appeal.
Henry Pyall (1795-1833) was a British printmaker and publisher, known chiefly for his aquatint work with George Hunt and Rudolph Ackermann.
Condition: Large mark outside plate in bottom left corner, not affecting image.