|Artist||Jean Pierre Simon, Thomas Burke, Benjamin Smith after John Francis Rigaud|
|Published||Pub. Septr. 29, 1799, J. & J. Boydell, No. 90, Cheapside, And at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, London.|
|Dimensions||Images 530 x 410 mm, Sheets 597 x 450 mm|
A series of four moral allegories, depicting Wisdom, Happiness, Providence and Innocence.
John Francis Rigaud (1742 - 1810) was a painter and draughtsman born Turin. He studied in Rome, Parma and Bologna where elected member of the Academy in 1766. In 1772 moved via Paris to London, where he remained. Rigaud became a member of the Royal Academy in 1784. (British Museum).
Peter Simon (c.1764 - 1813) also known as Jean Pierre Simon was a British stipple engraver. He was born in London and was a pupil of Picot and teacher of Jean Godefroy. Simon moved to Paris in 1802 and lived there until his death in 1813.
Thomas Burke (1749-1815) was an Irish born artist and stipple engraver.
Benjamin Smith (1754-1833) was a British engraver, printseller, and publisher. A student of Francesco Bartolozzi, his most celebrated engravings were the series he undertook for Boydell's editions of Shakespeare and Milton, though he also produced many fine plates after William Hogarth and George Romney, as well as portraits of George III.
Condition: Some time toning and foxing to sheets, creasing to sheet edges. Trimmed just outside the plate.