Lady Bellaston & Tom Jones after their return from the Masquerade.Tom Jones book 15 Chap.t 7.
Mezzotint. Sheet size: 315 x 245mm (12¼ x 9½"). Trimmed to image on 3 sides. Tipped into backing sheet.
An illustration of Fielding's Tom Jones, Cleland's Fanny Hill, and Rousseau's La Nouvelle Heloise and Les Confessions. Radically different from George Morland's (1763-1804) more familiar rustic genre, landscapes and elegant portraits of decorous young ladies, these plates graphically depict sexual intercourse and activity in a variety of situations. They are almost certainly engraved by William Ward (1766-1826) and John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), with whom Morland enjoyed a fruitful business partnership. All plates captioned, with the appropriate literary reference; all are (naturally) unsigned. Some of the faces, and other more intimate parts of the human anatomy, have been reworked (one impression in particular is rather faint). In June 2012 Christie's sold an album of 13 similar erotic plates titled 'Facetiae'. The BM lists ten on its website. For a set of 11 from this series, see item ref: 28133.
Ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 37402] £450.00