[An old maid applying make-up]Your Painted face drawn up so prim / Holds every heart secure, / Amnd should you chance but once to grin / Tis death beyond all cure [...]
Etching with hand-colouring, very scarce; sheet 215 x 160mm (8½ x 6¼"). Trimmed inside platemark; creasing; very small hole top left, bottom margin bit tatty.
A grotesque old lady makes herself up, her wig having been removed by a pet monkey, illustrating comical valentine's day verses predicated on the paradoxical enchantment provoked by her cadaverous appearance. The verses are from a longer poem variously published as 'To an Old Maid' and 'Ode to Antiquated Virginity'. See 33690 for another image in series.
[Ref: 33689] £170.00