Lucy of Leinster.Of Leinster, fam'd for maidens fair ... Her life now near its end. Vide Colin & Lucy [three verses of four lines each below title].
London. Publish'd May 10. 1799, by Thos. Macklin, Poets Gallery, Fleet Street.
Etching and stipple in sepia, 435 x 510mm. 17 x 20". Some light foxing. Uncut sheet.
A young woman supported by three others, helping her to a stool in front of a cottage under a vine trellis. An old woman sits with an open book looking at Lucy with concern, a little boy holding a basket of flowers and a dog. After Bunbury, this illustrates poet and statesman Thomas Tickell's (1685 - 1740) 'Lucy and Colin', in which Colin abandoned Lucy for a wealthier bride. Lucy died on her lover's wedding day and, pursuant to her request, was brought to the church. Upon seeing his true love's body, Colin succumbed to death as well, and the lovers were buried in the same tomb. Published by Thomas Macklin (c.1760 - 1800) for his series of 'British Poets', begun in 1787.
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