Free as their thoughts and Wanton as the Air, Thro Life's bright Morning Sports this Infant Pair. Smiles in their Looks and Whinsys in Their Hearts Fir'd of their own They'd act each others part. Miss proves the Joys which Tommy's Cloaths afford,.Struts in his Hat and Hectors with his Sword. Whilt Tommy Drest with Miss's Capa nd Coat on Courtseys and Prins as if he'd Learnt with Haughton Th' observing Eye your Little Pastime teach. what grave Fools Dictate and what pedants preach. The Lust of Change [Disguise it as we can] Dawns as the Child and Rages in the Man.
Publish'd according to Act of Parliamt. March 25th. 1756.
Mezzotint, small margins. 250 x 355mm (9¾ x 14"). Bit tatty.
A young boy and girl standing in a landscape in front of a classical urn on a pedestal, the boy wearing the girl's collar and cap and holding her fan, hands folded in front of her, the girl in the boy's jacket, right hand on hip with a cane hanging from a ribbon on her wrist, a sword slung over right shoulder, placing a tricorn on her head with left hand. There is no clue to the identity of the children other than 'Tommy' in the verse; however the companion print (Ref: 4193) depicts the three children of Frederick Prince of Wales. Originally published 1744.
CS: 416, this state not listed. Ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34426] £280.00