Credulous Innocence. [&] Seduction.
London Pub.d Nov.r 5, 1788, by Ia.s Birchall No.473, Strand.
Pair of mezzotints. 506 x 355mm. (20 x 14"). Damage to upper area.
A pair of scenes set in rustic settings: a young woman sitting in a bare interior, unaware of a young man who peers slyly through the window, listening attentively to another woman in tattered clothes with a broad-brimmed hat, who reads her palm; and a young woman wearing a mob cap, shawl and apron, sitting at the door of a thatched cottage, her left arm hooked over the back of her chair, reading a letter. There is a basket upside down beside her, and a bird drinking from a plate on the ground next to it. A young man is seen bribing a second woman behind a tree next to the cottage to the right.
Chaloner Smith: p.1646 [listed]. Ex collection of Christopher Lennox-Boyd. Ex Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection Sotheby's 13/11/97.
[Ref: 36981] £590.00