Lord Thomas and Fair Annett.
London, Published Novr; 22d; 1784 by W. Dickinson Engraver & Printseller No.158 New Bond Street.
Stipple and etching, published state, sheet 405 x 360mm. 16 x 14¼". Trimmed to plate, repaired tear left..
Illustration in a roundel of the folk ballad 'Lord Thomas and Fair Annett': Lord Thomas leaning forward in a chair to left, one hand on his sword, handing a rose with the other to Annette, who sits opposite, petting a dog at her side. The nut-brown maid, new married to Lord Thomas, runs forward with a dagger to stab her rival in jealousy. Lord Thomas is in love with Fair Annet, or Annie, or Elinor, but she has little property. He asks for advice. His father, mother, and brother (or some of them) advise that he should marry the nut-brown maid with a rich dowry. His mother promises to curse him if he marries Annet and bless him if he marries the nut-brown maid, and Lord Thomas takes his mother's advice. Fair Annet dresses as splendidly as she can and goes to the wedding. The nut-brown maid is so jealous that she stabs Annet to death. Lord Thomas stabs both the nut-brown maid and himself to death. A rose grew from Fair Annet's grave, a brier from Lord Thomas's, and they grew together. After Henry William Bunbury (1750 - 1811).
From the Norman Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 18268] £260.00