Una. [Mary Lawrence.]From Spencer's Fairy Queen Book 1st. Canto 3. Vers. 4 & 5.
Publish'd August 10th. 1772. by J. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London.
Mezzotint, 470 x 580mm. 18½ x 22¾". Scuff to mezzotint surface around sitter's face.
Portrait of Mary Lawrence (1749 - c.1830) as Una, reclining on the ground within a wood, a beam of light from upper left landing on her head. She wears classical dress, leaning on her right elbow and twisting her long hair with her right hand; a lion at right and donkey either side, landscape with hill and sea beyond. Lawrence was a flower painter and watercolourist, wife of Richard J Lawrence of Jamaica. She exhibited at the RA 1794 - 1830 (after 1813 as Mrs. Kearse). In Edmund Spenser's (1552? - 1599) epic poem 'The Faerie Queene', Una was the wife of Finnbheara, king of the Irish fairies. After Benjamin West (1738 - 1820).
Chaloner Smith: 19.: ii of ii Wessely: 32. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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