Le Mouchoir du Sultan. [The Sultan's handkerchief.]Saladin donne le Mouchoir a la belle Mirza.
A Venise, chez Joseph Remondini & Fils. [n.d., c.1780.]
Stipple, 290 x 245mm. 11½ x 9¾". Full margins.
Joseph Remondini had published a pair of engravings as illustrations to the letters written by Lady May Wortley Montague during the Embassey to Istanbul. These had been taken from drawings by Thomas Stoddard and had been very popular due to their exotic content. This print by the same publisher illustrates an imagined historical scene set inside an Islamic palace. Saladin (c.1138 – 1193), who led the Islamic opposition to the Franks and other European Crusaders in the Levant, and a favourite female companion are seated around a table, drinking tea and smoking long pipes; two female figures to background, guitar to left. This and other engravings of the similar theme were produced by the popular publishers as Lady Mary's letters were published and she became the inspiration of a generation of female writers, artists, and travellers. Published in Venice by a firm of print publishers run by successive generations of the same family, Remondini between 1634-1811 after Jacques Philippe Caresme (1734 - 1796)
for coloured impression see ref. 26134
[Ref: 17781] £240.00