[The Fool of Quality]. Master Harry Clinton, releaving the distress of the Country Girl.[&] Mrs Vindex, meeting with Master Harry Clinton.
Pub, as the Act directs, April 1. 1791 by I.F> Tomkins No 49. New Bond Street.
Pair of stipple engravings, printed in brown. 290 x 230mm (11½ x 9"). Some small tears outside platemark.
Two scenes from 'The Fool of Quality; or, The History of Henry, Earl of Moreland', written by the Irish writer Henry Brooke and published in five volumes 1765-70. It tells the story of Harry Clinton who, rejected by his decadent and aristocratic father, is educated on enlightened principles by his philanthropic uncle. Inspired by the Methodist movement, it was influential in its day: Charles Kingsley described it as 'more pure, sacred and eternal than anything since the Faerie Queene'. However to modern taste it is rambling and sentimental: Walter Allen, author of the important study 'The English Novel' (1954), called it 'one of the worst novels ever written, but a remarkable book'.
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