[Margaret Cavendish, duchess of Newcastle upon Tyne]Here on this Figure Cast a Glance, / But so as if it were by Chance [...]
Engraving, sheet 265 x 160mm (10½ x 6¼"). Trimmed inside platemark and glued to album sheet with hand-drawn borders; staining; 'The Lady Elizabeth Beaumonth then Perfect Resemblance' in manuscript top of image.Rare.
Portrait of Margaret Cavendish (née Lucas), duchess of Newcastle upon Tyne (1623?-73), writer. To her left is Apollo, the god of music and poetry, and on her right is Pallas Athena, the goddess who visited with the Muses on Mount Helicon. Cornucopias are at the heads and feet of the divinities. Frontispiece to Cavendish's 'Plays written by the Thrice Noble, Illustrious and Excellent Princess, the Lady Marchioness of Newcastle' (1662).
See Cecile M. Jagodzinski, 'Privacy and Print: Reading and Writing in Seventeenth-century England'.
[Ref: 37362] £320.00