Penelope Boothby

REYNOLDS, Sir Joshua after (1723-1792), engraved by Eugene TILY (1870- c.1937)

Publication Date: 1900
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Colour-printed stipple. Printed on wove paper. In excellent condition. Image size: 8 1/2 x 7 inches. A charming example of Reynolds's child-portraits expertly engraved by Eugene Tily. This pretty portrait by Reynolds proved to be one of his most famous paintings. It was the inspiration for John Everett Millais's celebrated work "Cherry Ripe," which became one of the most popular Victorian paintings of the age. Reynolds's endearing image, often known as "The Mob-Cap," pictures Penelope Boothby at the age of three. Penelope was the only daughter of Sir Brooke Boothby, 7th Baronet, and his wife Susannah, and she is pictured here as the epitome of intelligent innocence. Reynolds' portrayal of the little girl, who was a prodigy, came at the beginning of a new view and valuation of childhood, which appeared in many forms throughout the 19th century. Penelope Boothby, as noted, became a symbol of the inquisitive sweetness she radiates in this image but also of the brevity of life: she died at six, a devastating loss to her parents, who split up. This charming stipple print by Tily perfectly translates Reynolds's graceful portrait was done at the beginning of the 20th century when a number of excellent British artists revived intaglio techniques fallen into dis-use in nostalgic images of what appeared to be more congenial times . Penny, Reynolds p. 319, no. 147. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Penelope Boothby

Publication Date: 1900


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Book Description London: W. Bulmer, 1796. The frontispiece only, stained in the top margin. First edition, the print from one of a tiny number of large-paper copies. Only one other copy has been located (in the Essick collection, Fuseli's own copy). The frontispiece is a stipple-engraving proof before all letters by Benedetti after the painting by Fuseli and is one of the largest book illustrations after Fuseli?it measures almost 12 x 7 inches. Weinglass 139. Bookseller Inventory # 107264

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Book Description London: W. Bulmer, 1796. Folio, 89 pp. With a frontispiece, 2 plates, and several illustrations in the text. Original blue boards, printed label on upper cover, slightly foxed here and there but generally a fine untrimmed copy as issued. First edition, one of a tiny number of large-paper copies. Only one other copy has been located (in the Essick collection, Fuseli's copy). The frontispiece is a stipple-engraving proof before all letters by Benedetti after the painting by Fuseli and is one of the largest book illustrations after Fuseli?it measures almost 12 x 7 inches. The poems memorialize the death of Boothby's daughter Penelope at the age of five and include a laudatory reference to Fuseli; Boothby was a member of the Lichfield literary circle and was immortalised in a portrait by Joseph Wright of Derby. Weinglass 139. Bookseller Inventory # 10982

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