L'AllegroHence loathed Melancholy / Of Cerberus, and blackest midnight born,/ In Stygian Cave forlorn/ 'Mongst horrid shapes, and shreiks, and fights unholy,
[Published for the Etching Club by Joseph Cundall, 12, Old Bond Street, 1849]
Etching on india, sheet 250 x 165mm (9¾ x 6¼"). Trimmed; slight foxing.
Scene illustrating John Milton's poem 'L'Allegro', by history painter Charles West Cope (1811-90). From an edition of the poem with twenty illustrations by members of the Etching Club, of which Cope was a founding member. Cope is primarily remembered for his frescoes in the House of Lords and the peers' corridor, but in addition to his academic renderings of historical and literary subjects, he was a talented printmaker.
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