Johnson and Boswell. To Sir W. Temple 1871 Broadlands. R.C. Lucas.'Mrs Boswell who was one of the large class with small minds said that she had seen a man lead a bear but she never a bear lead a man until she saw Dr Johnson and her husband'. This class is still a vast majority. A lady refused to inspect my Johnson designs, saying the doctor nor his works were prett subjects for which I have given her the nightmare making the doctor and his books her incubus.
Etching printed in blue ink, with very large margins; rare; 180 x 270mm (7 x 10½").
Humorous scene apparently etched by the sculptor Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-83). Lucas' works included a statue of Dr Johnson in Lichfield, adjacent to the cathedral, and here he combines two jokes. The first is a depiction of Johnson leading Boswell by the nose; second is a parody of Fuseli's 'Nightmare' in which a woman of Lucas' acquaintance is haunted by his sculpture of Johnson (who she considered unfit as a subject for art). The print is seemingly dedicated to William Francis Cowper-Temple (1811-80), politician. Cowper inherited many of Lord Palmerstone's estates, including Broadlands, at Romsey. Lucas himself was a regular guest at Broadlands.
CS 16.i; Ex: collection of the Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd
[Ref: 36367] £160.00