Conventual Love.For the General Magazine.
Stipple, printed in sanguine, scarce. Sheet 195 x 120mm (7¾ x 4¾"). Trimmed into printed border.
A young man approaches a finely-dressed woman in an Italianate cityscape. A scene from one of Jean de la Fontaine's fables: Philippe, who, in dedication to God, retired to a mountain cave where his son grew up free from temptation. When, at age twenty, the youth emerged, Philippe truthfully explained to him all that he saw until they came to a party of young women. 'What is that?' asked the youth. 'A party of geese', his father replied. 'Father, I beg you, let us take one with us.' It was probably published in the 'General Magazine and Impartial Review', published briefly in 1787 by Thomas Bellamy (1745-1800).
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