St. Effisius [Sardinia]
Lithograph, very rare with large margins; printed area 95 x 140mm (3¾ x 5¾").
Carriage for transporting a sculpture of St. Effisius, a Greek warrior who became a Christian and celebrated in Cagliari, Sardinia on May 1. The carriage was probably seen by the printmaker, Mary Anne Theresa Whitby (1784-1850) when visiting Sardinia c.1828. In 1828 William Henry Smyth published his 'Sketch of the present state of the island of Sardinia' in which he wrote of the procession celebrating St Effisius: 'The gorgeous carriage then slowly advances; it consists principally of fine plate-glass, and containing the image of the Saint surrounded with lighted candles [...] I remarked to an acquaintance, that everybody appeared to be much attached to St. Effisius; "Ah!", said he, "it is with great reason; he saved our city from a dreadful plague,- he gave us rain when every other part of the island suffered from drought,- and he frustrated the designs of the French in 1793.' Whitby was the widow of Cornwallis' flag captain, John Whitby, who died in 1806. Following her husband's death, Whitby spent much of her time with Cornwallis, who left his estate to her on his death in 1819. Whitby was an amateur lithographer who established a private press at Newlands.
Ex: Collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 35686] £95.00