William CowperCarmine Nobilem. Hor.
Publish'd Novemb.r 5. 1802 by J. Johnson St Pauls Church Yard
Engraving, sheet 280 x 220mm (11 x 8½"). Very slight foxing.
Portrait of poet William Cowper (1731-1800), engraved by William Blake from a famous sketch by Romney (London, National Portrait Gallery) and published as the frontispiece to volume one of William Hayley's Life of Cowper (1802). Hayley was a patron of Blake and employed him to provide a series of engravings for this project. Unfortunately Cowper's cousin Lady Harriet Hesketh criticized Blake's engraving of her beloved relation, contributing to the breakdown in the relationship between Hayley and Blake.
[Ref: 31333] £220.00