Ginevra Donati.She was an only child-her name Ginevra-The joy, the pride of an indulgent Father; And in her fifteenth year became a bride, Marrying and only son, Francesco Doria...Within that chest had she concealed herself, Fluttering with joy, the happiest of the happy, When a spring-look that lay in ambush there, Fastened her down for ever. Vide Roger's "Italy".
London: 1834, Published by Mess.rs Colnaghi & Co. Printsellers in Ordinary to the King & to H.R.H. the Duchess of Kent, No.23, Cockspur Street, Charing Cross.
Mezzotint with very large margins. Entire plate 321 x 229mm (12¾ x 9") Slight printer's crease.
A scene depicting a woman leaning against an empty chest, about to seal her fate. From the poem 'Italy' by Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), which tells the story of a young bride who vanished on her wedding night and was found dead in a chest more than fifty years later. The only way the body could be identified was by a ring bearing the bride's name, Ginevra. Printed on two plates.
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