The Rev.d James Hervey, A.M.
Engraving. Platemark: 135 x 85mm (5½ x 3¼"). Tipped into backing sheet.
A shoulder length portrait of English clergyman and writer James Hervey (1714 - 1758), within an oval on a plinth, held by an angelic figure emerging from clouds above. Hervey is slightly turned to the right, dressed in an academic gown with bands at his neck and a powdered wig. Behind to the right, a figure holds a large crucifix outside the facade of a church. To the left, a hooded female figure rests her hand on the portrait, as bats fly away in the distance. Below, a skeleton wearing a crown looks up towards Hervey, holding aloft a broken arrow. Hervey had a lasting impact on art through William Blake, whom he influenced greatly. Blake painted the 'Epitome of James Hervey’s ‘Meditations among the Tombs'' between 1820 - 1825, which depicts similar themes of death, mortality and religion.
[Ref: 35376] £120.00