Infancy. [&] Youth. [&] Middle Age. [&] Old Age.
Published by J. Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside, Feb. 1.st 1768.
A set of four, rare complete. Mezzotint. Platemarks: 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"), wide margins.
A set of four mezzotints, drawn and engraved by printmaker, painter and print dealer Philippe Joseph Tassaert (1736 - 1803) depicting unusually the four ages of a couple. From 'Infancy', showing the young girl feeding a pet bird, watched by a boy with his hands on her shoulders while a third child watches from behind, to 'Youth', with the young couple shown three-quarter length, the woman sitting on the right, singing, while the man stands at her elbow playing a viola to 'Middle Age' where the couple read to a child, who looks towards her father, smiling, and finally to 'Old Age', with an elderly couple, walking to right, arm-in-arm, the man leaning on a stick, the woman carrying a small book.
Ex Collection of the Hon.ble Christopher Lennox-Noyd. CS: 4 II/II.
[Ref: 38138] £1,250.00