|Method||Aquatint with etching|
|Published||London, Pub. by Pyall & Stroud, 19, Hanway Street, Oxford Street, 1829.|
|Dimensions||Image 83 x 103 mm, Plate 135 x 195, Sheet 192 x 274 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 Act 2 Scene 4 of Lord Byron's dramatic poem Manfred. Penned while Byron was in social exile in the Swiss Alps, the poem tells the story of Manfred, a Faust-like character tormented by the death of his beloved. In this image, Manfred, having summoned the spirit Nemesis, looks on as she brings forth the naked spectre of Astarte. In the background, Arimanes, a poetic Persian analogue for Satan, sits upon a globe of fire, surrounded by his court of spirits. Nemesis bids the spectre speak to Manfred in the inscription: 'By the power which hath broken the grave which enthrall'd thee, Speak to him who hath spoken, or those who have call'd thee.'
Henry Pyall (1795-1833) was a British printmaker and publisher, known chiefly for his aquatint work with George Hunt and Rudolph Ackermann.
Condition: Small mark in top right corner, not affecting image.