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L'Eclipse. Dediée aux Astronomes, et aux Philosophes du dixhuitieme Steele par VA.
Etch'd by J. Barlow.
Publish'd as the Act directs, Feb.y 20, 1787, by H. Humphrey No 51, New Bond Street.
Rare etching with fine hand colour. 300 x 215mm (12 x 8½"). Mounted in album paper.
A woman's head, topped with a conical hat trimmed with a monstrous arrangement of feathers, peers over a huge fur muff. Eclipses were in the news in 1787 because there were seven full eclipses of the sun and moon, the maximum number possible, which usually happens once every 130 years. A note on the British Museum's example of this print (from the Banks Collection) ascribes it to a Miss V. Aynscombe.
BM Satires 7248. The three examples in the BM are all uncoloured.
[Ref: 43889]   £480.00  
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