Virtumnus & Pomona.
London, Publish'd June 1st 1780, by Watson & Dickinson No. 158, New Bond Street.
Mezzotint. 400 x 280mm.
'Pomona a nymph who loved to tend her fruit trees and flowers shut herself up in a garden away from all human and divine lovers. Vertumnus, the god of orchards, desired her passionately and tried various ruses to enter her garden. At last, disguised as a very old woman, he is granted admission, where he begins to woo the nymph by praising her beauty and her fruit.' Chaloner Smith notes: 'Bromley (p.436) is the authority for this name, and the personage has been supposed to have been the wife of Charles Fleetwood, the Drury Lane manager: the date of the print, however, is long sugsequent to the period when she would have been young as represented; her eldest son appeared as Romeo in 1759, and afterwards went to the West Indies: the portrait might be that of his wife.
CS:22, Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection. Lugt:2715a.
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