[Partially nude female figure, possibly the Roman goddess of fertility Ceres?, and two putti in a forest clearing; fruit and vegetables.]
[London] Publish'd as the Act Directs Jan 28 1779.
Very rare mezzotint, image 250 x 245mm. 9¾ x 9½". Trimmed to image; 'false' margin. One horizontal crease.
A section of Jehner's larger work 'The Four Elements', this figure represents Earth, holding a cornucopia. Isaac Jehner (1750 - 1806) was an engraver, print publisher, and painter, born in Westminster and the son of a German gunsmith. He assisted William Pether and produced various mezzotint portraits. He exhibited at the Society of Artists 1777, 1791, and settled in Exeter; probably a Freemason. His prints are always scarce.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd, with his stamp to verso.
[Ref: 16178] £120.00