London, publish'd March 10th, 1779, by Watson & Dickinson No. 158 New Bond Street.
Mezzotint with small margins. Platemark: 255 x 195mm. (10 x 7¾").
Thais, a prostitute of Athens; fictional character from the 'Eunuchus' by Terence. 'A subject which appealed equally to the moral and to the dissolute' (Webster). One of two mezzotints for which Francis Wheatley produced designs before his Irish period, the other being 'Sidgismonda'. Said to be a portrait of Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton (see British Museum cataloguing ref: AN902405001), although she did not come to London until the early 1780s.
From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection. Webster: E9; Goodwin II of II. For 'Sidgismonda', see ref. 28424.
[Ref: 28425] £330.00