Does the Harp of Rosa SlumberSleep gentle sleep, Nature's soft nurse_
Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket London [n.d., c.1829.]
Hand-coloured etching, 370 x 260mm. 14½ x 10¼". Margins a little grubby and tatty.
An old woman in patched-up clothes with her harp huddles in a doorway. The print takes its title from a popular ballad of the time. By William Heath (1794/5 - 1840), ex-Captain of Dragoons, illustrator of colour-plate books, and prolific caricaturist. From 1827-9 he used the pseudonym Paul Pry (from the name of a character in a comedy of 1825 by John Poole, that became a tag used for any very inquisitive person), with the emblem of a small man holding a walking stick in a lower corner of his plates. This figure was soon copied by other caricaturists (eg Sharpshooter), and so from 1828 Heath began to sign his plates with his full name. He published regularly with Thomas McLean.
BM Satires undescribed; for a better impression see ref. 30501
[Ref: 27493] £220.00