Grisalda. [&] The Shepherdess of the Alps.From the Original Picture in the Collection of George Bowles Esq, to whom this Plate is Dedicated by his most Obedient Humble Servant, W.Dickinson.
London, Publish'd Feb.y 20th 1785 by W.Dickinson, Engraver & Printseller, No.158 Bond Street.
Pair of stipples, printed in sepia, scratch-letter proofs. Each 440 x 330mm (17¼ x 13"). Large margins on the Shepherdess; Small margins on Grisalda. Slight repaired hole on right in Grisalda.
A pair of scenes from 'The Shepherdess of the Alps', a play by Charles Dibdin's play, 1780, based on 'Patient Griselda', one of the stories in Boccaccio's Decameron. In 'Grisalda' (later with the full title 'Gualtherus and Grisalda') Gualtiero, King of Sicily, meets the poor shepherdess, Griselda, who he had married years before but had forced to exile. The story has also been made into an opera by Alessandro Scarlatti (1721) and Antonio Vivaldi (1735).
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