London Pubished as the Act Directs Sept.r 20. 1796 by T. Macklin Fleet St.
Stipple and etching with large margins, very rare scratch-letter proof before title. 530 x 400mm, 20¾ x 15¾".
Tuccia, a Vestal Virgin whose chastity was questioned by a spurious accusation, proving her innocence with a god-given miracle, carrying water in a flat, perforated basket. The woman portrayed is open to question: candidates include Mrs Seaforth (young mistress and child bride of Richard Barwell - British Museum & NPG), the Duchess of Rutland (Hamilton) and Anne, Lady Ellenborough (annotation on the frame of this proof). The completed plate had verse from Dr Gregory's 'Ode to Meditation' and a publication line dated 1798.
Hamilton, p.160, 1st state of 4.
[Ref: 26557] £320.00