The Triumph of MercyWhen he, whom even our joys provoke,/ The fiend of Nature, join'd his yoke, And rush'd in wrath to make our isle his prey [...]
London, Publish'd Feb 16 1794 by Tho.s Macklin Poets Gall.y Fleet Street.
Stipple printed in brown, sheet 420 x 495mm (16½ x 19½"). Trimmed inside platemark; nick to lower edge; crease to top left. Bit tatty.
'The Triumph of Mercy', engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi from one of the eight history paintings that William Artaud (1763-1823) painted for Thomas Macklin's 'The British Poets' (this one has lines from William Collins' 'Ode to Mercy' below the image). Only half of the 1788 painting survives (New Haven, Yale Centre for British Art) but that is no less that 8½ x 6 feet and shows the influential of Gavin Hamilton's monumental compositions.
De Vesme 1439
[Ref: 39657] £130.00