Unhappy Bird! from this Maids hands to fly,/ With a false show of Liberty you try; / The cruel Fair One wanton in your Pain, / Lets loose your Wings to draw you back again [...]
Printed & Sold by John Tinney at the Golden Lion near the Globe Tavern in Fleet Street, London [c.1770]
Engraving, platemark 305 x 225mm (12 x 8¾"). Thread margins; slight crease.
Girl holding a piece of string which is attached to a bird's foot to prevent it from flying away. Text below explaining that this is a metaphor for 'the gay Coquett's weak lover', who likewise is unable to escape the 'Tyrant' who rules his heart. Engraved after Jean Raoux (1677-1734), French painter of fancy pictures.
[Ref: 40290] £95.00