London, publish'd March 10th, 1779 by Dickinson & Watson No.158, New Bond - Street.
Mezzotint. Platemark: 260 x 195mm. (10¼ x 7¾"). Small piece missing from bottom left corner, and top left corner, outside platemark.
Sigismunda, a character from Boccaccio's 'Decameron', holding a chalice with the heart of her lover Guiscardo. Her father had Guiscardo murdered and sent his heart to Sigismunda, as a result of which she poisoned herself. One of two mezzotints for which Francis Wheatley produced designs before his Irish period, the other being 'Thais'. 'Amongst the most popular subjects of the early 1770s were single figures, usually allegorical, the allegory generally being either mythological [...] or literary' (Webster).
From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection. Webster: E8. For earlier state see ref. 7890; For 'Thais' see ref. 28425.
[Ref: 28424] £330.00