Pompey the Little.
Engraving with original hand colour, rare. Sheet 165 x 245mm (6¾ x 9½"). Trimmed within plate, laid on album paper.
A small spaniel, the main character in Francis Coventry's hugely-successful satirical novel, 'The History of Pompey the Little; or, The Life and Adventures of a Lap-Dog', first published 1751. Pompey, born in Bologna ('a place famous for lap-dogs and sausages') describes society as he passes from owner to owner, exchanged for sexual favours, a gold watch and a pint of porter. Many of the human characters are thinly-veiled versions of society figures. The last edition was published in 1924.
[Ref: 32952] £220.00