Etching, platemark 170 x 140mm (6¾ x 5½"). Two tears at bottom.
Possibly the Virgin, reading. This is believed to be an early state of Worlidge's print (for which see BM 1925,0511.198) before his name was added. Born in Peterborough, Worlidge was a pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married. His widow issued his plates in 1766 and 1767 afater his death with the numbers in the corners, but very few impressions were issued and sold by Worlidge during his lifetime.
The BM also have a related drawing by Worlidge (1861,0810.83). W30; D127. Ex: Collection Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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