Hence Oberson, him sport to make, /(Their rest when weary Mortals Take / and none but only fairies wake:) / Descendeth for his pleasure / and Mab her merry Queen by Night. / Drayton, Nymphidia.
Lithograph with large margins. Printed area 280 x 215mm (11 x 8½").
Queen Mab and Oberon descending from their palace in the air in the middle of the night, accompanied by fairies, approaching a young woman, lying asleep on a terrace. The scene and verse comes from 'Nymphidia' by Michael Drayon (1563 - 1631), who is buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. Drawn by Lady Georgina North (1798-1835), an amateur draughtsman and printmaker, daughter of George, 3rd Earl of Guilford.
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