The Benevolent Cottager. La Paysanne Bienfaisante. Pity the sorrows of a poor old man, Whose trembling limbs have born him to your door, Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span, Oh! Give relief and Heaven will bless your store, These tatter'd cloathsmy poverty bespeak, These hoary locks proclaim my lengthend years, And many a furrow in my grief worn Cheek, Has been the Channel to a flood of tears.
London Publish'd 21 March 1788 by Bull & Jeffryes Ludgate Hull.
Stipple and etching with small margins, very fine. Plate 545 x 405mm (21½ x 16").
A young woman accompanied by three children, holding a dish and offering food to an old man in tattered clothes, who sits to left, outside a cottage door, one of the children to right, holding out a jug. An example of the favoured theme of charity relieving indigence, demonstrating middle class virtues. This was a favoured subject of Wheatley in England as it was for Greuze in France during the same period.
From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection; Webster: E51
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