Children at Their Mothers Grave.Advance sweet innocents, and view that grave! [/] Beneath that rising dust your mother lies; [/] A clay cold silent corps! Pale as the shroud [/] Which now she wears. Dedicated to Noel Desenfans Esq.r, Consul General of Poland in Great Britain, &c. By his most obedient humble Servant John Ogbourne.
London, published Jan.y 2 1797, by J. Ogborne, No.58 Great Portland Street, & Testolini, No. 73, Cornhill.
Stipple engraving with very large margins. Platemark: 590 x 465mm. (23¼ x 18¼").
A family mourning their mother, two grave-diggers on left. Lines of verse by Joseph Strutt below image. The print is dedicated to Noel Desenfans, who was employed by King Stanislaw of Poland to assemble a collection of paintings (and was appointed Polish Consul General in London). After Stanislaw was forced to abdicate, the paintings eventually formed the basis of th Dulwich Picture Gallery.
From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection.
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