The Dutchess of C. coming out of the Cavern, 'As I ended these words, my door opened ...& there fall down in a fit.' [&] The Dutchess of C giving her daughter to Count Belmire, 'I give her to you, said I to him.....what it formerly deprived you of.'
Pubd. June 1. 1790 by Molteno, Colnaghi & Co. No. 132 Pall Mall'.
Pair of stipples with etching. 352 x 428mm. Trimmed close to plate top and bottom.
'Adele et Theodore' Paris 1782. Duchess of Cerifalco, freed from a cavern in which her husband has imprisoned her, half-fainting with hunger and exhaustion, supported by her mother, who steps forward to support her, while her father approaches from left with outstretched arms and a valet de chambre, wearing slashed hose and a plumed hat, stands behind her to right; with two other women and two soldiers in the background to left; in an oval. & A woman sitting in the centre of a group, turning to look at a young man standing at right who holds her hand, and gesturing towards her daughter who stands demurely at left with two attendants, one holding her skirts; oval design. Stéphanie Félicité de Genlis, author & poet [1746 - 1830] married Charles Alexis Brűlart, Count of Genlis and Marquess of Sillery in 1763 but they separated in 1782. From 1772, she became lady-in-waiting of Louise Marie Adélaide de Bourbon, the wife of Philippe Egalité Duke of Chartres. Félicité de Genlis became the mistress of the Duke and was soon named governess of their daughters and, controversially, of their sons. Many of her works were written for their education and through her writing became a friend of Rousseau. In 1793 she fled the excesses of the Revolution and after living in England she was allowed to return in 1801 by Napoleon who admired her. Known in France as a 'Woman of Letters'.
Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection. Lugt:2715a.
[Ref: 9045] £380.00