Published by the Proprietor July 9 1777 at No. 159 Strand London.
Fine stipple engraving, J. Whatman 1794 watermarked paper; platemark 380 x 295mm (15 x 11½"). Very large margins.
Scene from Homer's 'Odyssey'. Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, sits at her loom awaiting the return of her husband. Engraved after 'Penelope at her Loom', 1764 (Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Sussex), an early painting produced in Rome by the history painter Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807). Born in Switzerland, Kauffman lived in England from 1766 to 1781 and was one of only two women (the other being Mary Moser) amongst the thirty-six founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts. This print differs from the source painting by extending the composition on the right to accommodate a large bust of Odysseus not in the original painting.
[Ref: 38671] £280.00