[Dido fainting with grief.]
London Published as the Act directs Octr,, 30th 1778 by F. Bartolozzi No.1 Bentinck Street Berwick Street Soho.
Engraving in oval, proof before title. Sheet 385 x 490mm. 15¼ x 19¼". Trimmed to plate.
Dido, supported on a pyre by a woman wearing a veil and diadem, a dagger at her side; an old woman stands behind to left and weeping women are gathered on the right. In Virgil's 'Aeneid', Dido, legendary queen of Carthage, falls in love with Aeneas after the Trojan fleet is shipwrecked on her shores. She throws herself on a pyre at his departure. After Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727 - 1785).
From the Norman Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 18280] £350.00