Mrs. Abington as the Comic Muse.
[British, n.d., c.1790s.]
Copper engraving with some stippling, 110 x 175mm. 4¼ x 7". Pin hole to image; stitching holes to upper margin. One foxmark below title.
The famous comic actress Frances Abington (1737 - 1815) as Thalia, in classical dress with long billowing scarf, head directed and looking to left, where she is about to crown a bust of Shakespeare, on a pedestal, with laurel. She holds up a comic mask in her left hand, behind to left, a tree, pipes tied to a branch; in oval. Mrs Abington was rumoured to have spent her teenage years working as a prostitute. For the Court, City & Country Magazine. The image is extracted and reversed from the stipple by Bartolozzi after Richard Cosway (1742 - 1821).
[Ref: 24050] £65.00