The Cave of Despair. From Spenser.
Published, June 1st. 1775, by John Boydell Engraver, Cheapside, London.
Mezzotint, uncleaned title area, 445 x 530mm. 17½ x 20¾". Few stains.
Illustrates Edmund Spenser's (1552? - 1599) epic poem 'The Faerie Queene': Despair, an old man, sits in ragged clothing on the ground with instruments of suicide at his left hand, the corpse of Sir Terwin beside him and a skeleton on the rocks behind. To left the Red Cross Knight holds a dagger to his own neck as Una rushes to stop him, a donkey beside her. After the painting by Benjamin West (1738 - 1820).
Whitman: 190. Chaloner Smith undescribed. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 14841] £450.00