Blouzelind.The peerless maid that did all maids excel. -Gay
[London: J. Bretherton, 1781.]
Hand coloured etching on 18th century laid paper, sheet 435 x 345mm (17 x 13˝"). Trimmed to plate.
A woman sitting beside a spinning wheel in a landscape, pinning a corsage of flowers at her breast, a dog curled up asleep at her feet; behind at right two figures, one on horseback, travel along a path towards a tower in the distance. After Henry William Bunbury (1750 - 1811) with line from 'The Shepherd's Week’ (1714) by John Gay (1685 - 1732). The line is from the beginning of 'Friday; or, the Dirge', in which Bumkinet mourns the death of Blouzelind: 'As the wood pigeon cooes without his mate, / So shall my doleful Dirge bewail her fate. / Of Blouzelinda fair I mean to tell, / The peerless maid that did all maids excel.'
For proof before letters see ref. 16983.
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