|Artist||Thomas Burke after Angelica Kauffmann|
|Published||Publish'd Jany. 2. 1792, by J&J Boydell, Cheapside, & at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall|
|Dimensions||Image 350 mm circular, Plate 485 x 390 mm, Sheet 515 x 402 mm|
Text below image:
In the Collection of George Bowles, Esq.
But when bright Emma wou'd her Fortune know;
A softer Look unbends his op'ning Brow.
With trembling Awe, he gazes on her Eye;
And in soft Accents, forms the kind Reply;
That She shall prove as Fortunate as Fair,
And Hymen's choicest Gifts are All reserv'd for Her. Prior.
A stipple engraving showing a scene from Matthew Prior's poem "Henry and Emma". "Henry and Emma" is a 1709 poem by Matthew Prior. According to the poem's subtitle, it is based on "The Nut-Brown Maid". "Henry and Emma" is perhaps better known for being alluded to in Jane Austen's 1817 novel Persuasion, in which reference is made to "emulating the feelings of an Emma to her Henry".
The Swiss born Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) was an artist of international training and reputation. She was escorted by her artist-father to study the Old Masters in the major Italian cities. Time spent with the English community in Rome convinced her to come to London in 1766 where she joined Sir Joshua Reynolds's social circle. Her reputation for portraiture and history painting led to her becoming a founder member of the Royal Academy in 1768. Excluded from the life class, Kauffmann developed her own brand of history painting which focused on female subjects from classical history and mythology.
Thomas Burke (1749-1815) was an Irish born artist and stipple engraver.
Condition: Good impression.