Extraordinary color engraving depicting Roman poet Virgil writing his epitaph after the painting by the same name by Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) a Swiss-Austrian Neoclassical painter, engraved by Thomas Burke (1749-1815) an Irish engraver and published by Thomas Macklin (1752/3-1800), a 18th-century British printseller and picture dealer.
Text on the page reads as follows:
Virgil Writing his Epitaph Angelica Kauffman pinxt Burke Sculp
Mantua gave me birth, Calabria saw me die My ashes rest in Naples, I sung of Shepherds, Fields and Heroes
Mantua me genuit , Calabri rapuere Tenet nunc Parthenope , Cecini Pascua, Rura, Duces
From the original picture in the collection of John Bowles Esqr. to whom this plate is incribed your most humble serv. Thomas Macklin
LONDON Published Jany. 20th 1794 by Thos. Macklin, Poets Gallery, Fleet Street
In very good used condition with toning and minor imperfections as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 26" by 24"; Visible Image: 17.75" by 15.75" approximately.
Item ID: 1851