Je t'ai dit que je n'étias pas ceque tu avais cru jusque'ici; tu vois maintenant la vérité de mes paroles. (Lord Byron)
chez Gihaut b.ard des Italiens N.5
Lithograph, printed area 180 x 180mm (7 x 7"). Collector's stamp of [?]Paul and Véronique Sanchez verso (probably variant of L.3289).
Illustration of Lord Byron's poem 'The Bride of Abydos'. Specifically, the scene corresponds with Canto 2, verse X and the lines 'I said I was not what I seem'd;/ And now thou see'st my words were true'. Salim throws his cloak aside, revealing himself as a dashing pirate, and reveals to Zuleika that she is not his sister. From a set of six lithographs illustrating Byron, by Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) and Eugène Lami (1800-90), of which two were by Lami alone. Prior to 1822, Géricault had been able to live without much thought to the saleability of his works owing to a comfortable annuity he received following the death of his mother. However, the loss of part of his fortune in 1822 required him to produce work designed to appeal to dealers and collectors, with illustrations of exotic literature such as Byron falling into this category.
[Ref: 35587] £230.00