|Method||Aquatint with etching|
|Published||Pubd. by Pyall & Stroud, 16 Grt. Russell Street, Covent Garden [c.1830]|
|Dimensions||Image 102 x 82 mm, Plate 195 x 138, Sheet 273 x 182 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 5th Act of Lord Byron's tragic play Marino Faliero. At the centre of the scene, the Duchess Angiolina addresses a final appeal for clemency to Benintende, Chief of the Council of Ten, who sits in judgement on the titular character, Doge Marino Faliero, on trial for treason against the Venetian Republic. Angiolina's reply to the judge's order for Faliero's execution forms the print's inscription: 'Sage Benintende, now chief judge of Venice, I speak to thee in answer to you signor.'
Henry Pyall (1795-1833) was a British printmaker and publisher, known chiefly for his aquatint work with George Hunt and Rudolph Ackermann.
Condition: Light foxing to margins, not affecting image.