Tancred and Clorinda.Her clay cold hand, the pledge of lasting peace, She gave the cheif; her lips their music cease. So life departing left her lovely breast, So seem'd the virgin lull'd to silent rest. Dedicated to John George Payne Esq.r by his most obedient Servant W. Palmer.
London, Pub:d Dec:r 1.st 1784 by W. Palmer No.163 Strand.
Stipple and etching in sanguine. Plate 300 x 394mm. 11¾ x 15½". Rubbing to title area.
Clorinda seated on ground, leaning against a tree, head in profile to left; to left, Tancred in profile to right, down on his right knee, holding Clorinda's right hand with his right; in a landscape. Two characters from Tasso's 'Jerusalem Delivered'. Torquato Tasso (1544 - 1595) was an Italian poet. He was author of 'Aminta', 'Rinaldo and Armida' published in 1562, and 'Gerusalemme Liberata', finished in 1575. It concerns the First Crusade to the Holy Land (1096-9) and the Crusaders siege of Jerusalem under the leadership of Godfrey of Boulogne. His models for this heroic epic were Homer and Virgil's Aeneid. Tasso portrayed both imaginary characters and real historical persons, among them the heroes Rinaldo and Tancredi, and their Saracen ladies Armida and Clorinda.
De Vesme: 1366.iv.
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