Instruction.Then infant Reason grows apace, and calls / For the kind Hand of an assiduous Care: / Delightful Task! to rear the tender Thought, / To teach the young Idea how to shoot, / To pour the fresh Instruction o'er the Mind, / To breathe th' inspiring Spirit, and to plant / The generous Purpose in the glowing Breast.
[n.d., c.1780.] Bit later.
Etching with stipple, rare. Platemark: 280 x 300mm (11 x 12").
A young woman, seated in profile to the right, reading to three small children, each smiling and looking towards the viewer. Eight lines of verse inscribed below the image from 'Spring' by James Thomson (1700-1748), first published in 1728. Emma Crewe (active c.1780 - 1818) was a 'gifted amateur artist' who painted the frontispiece to Erasmus Darwin's 'The Loves of the Plants'. She also provided designs for Josiah Wedgewood's studio, used for cameos and plaques.
[Ref: 36987] £180.00