Summer.Now swarms the village o'er the jovial mead; / The rustic youth, brown with meridian toil, / Healthful, and strong; full as the summer rose, / Blown by prevailing suns, the blooming maid, / Half-naked, swelling on the sight, and all / Her kindled graces burning o'er her cheek. / Vide Thomson's Seasons.
Fine coloured mezzotint with very large margins. 355 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾").
A rustic scene of a well-dressed young couple watching harvesters, themselves being watched by an elderly woman in the trees. It illustrates one of the 'Seasons' written by the Scottish poet James Thomson (1700-48), who is best known for the lyrics of 'Rule Britannia'.
Ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 33986] £380.00