Aquatint. 255 x 190mm. 10 x 7½". Crease to lower left corner.
Unusual portrait of Alexander Pope (1688-1744) holding his 1834 poem 'An Essay on Man' (with title in French), framed by a medallion. Pope, the 18th century English poet, was best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. The son of a linen-draper, Pope was first noticed by Jacob Tonson who published his 'Pastorals' in 1709. With 'The Rape of the Lock' (1712), and his translations of Homer, Pope became the most formidable literary figure of his day, with a large circle of both friends and enemies. Primarily a satirical poet and of unsurpassed metrical skill, he wrote 'what oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed'. A friend of Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, part of Lord Burlington's circle, and famous in the history of landscape gardening for the grounds of his villa at Twickenham (particularly his 'grotto'), he was revered as one of the great personalities of the age.
for another print from the same series, see ref. 15297
[Ref: 27263] £140.00