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The fatal attempt of Prince William, Son of Henry I, to save his Sister Matilda

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  • Title (object)

    • The fatal attempt of Prince William, Son of Henry I, to save his Sister Matilda
  • Description

    The prince standing on a boat at left, holding on to the mast and passing a rope out towards the woman on rocks at right, the wind whipping her clothes around her, a body slumped over the rocks beside her and another survivor with hands clenched in prayer; octagonal frame, after Charles Benazech, illustration to Lyttleton's 'History of England'. 1804
    Etching and engraving


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  • Date

    • 1802
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 170 millimetres
    • Width: 218 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title, production detail: "Benezach delin.", "Saunders Sculp." and publication line: "Published as the Act directs March 3, 1804 by J Statford, No. 112 Holborn Hill"
  • Curator's comments

    The image had previously been engraved by Saunders for Ashburton's 'History of England', published in 1792 by W & J Stratford (see 1915,0218.16), and this appears to be the same plate reduced and with additional work.
    Other prints from the series after Benezach are held at 1872,0113.116,123,127,131,145,158, 188, 191 & 206 and 1873,0510.1188,1210,1219 & 1232.


  • Location

    British Masters Portfolio

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