Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt. aeind virg.l / Madam Royal as the Figure of Innocence, reclining on a Buckler charged with the Escutcheons of the Allied Powers [...]
London Pub.d as the Act directs Oct.r 25th 1794 by Anthony Molteno Printseller No. 76 St. James's Street / To be had of the Proprietor No. 1 Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square.
Very scarce mezzotint and etching printed in sepia, platemark 490 x 340mm (19¼ x 13½"). Large margins. Stamp of 'Verein fuer Geschichte Deutschen in Boehmen' verso. Rubbed.
Allegorical figure of Innocence, drawing aside a curtain to reveal urns containing the ashes of Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and Princess Elisabeth (sister of Louis XVI), all of whom had been guillotined following the French Revolution. Published by Francesco Bartolozzi, without explicitly naming him as printmaker, although this print is included in the Calabi-De Vesme catalogue raisonné of his prints. The artist named could refer to either Abel or Caroline De Rigny.
De Vesme 561 iii/iii
[Ref: 38589] £260.00