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- Object: Abelard and Eloisa
Satire on love in old age: an ugly elderly couple exchange compliments, the man sitting on the left, the woman holding a folded fan in her lap; curtain and bookcase behind, a cat and dog growling at each other at their feet. 1778
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Height: 354 millimetres
Width: 252 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See also the reduced version, published by Carington Bowles at the same date: 2010,7081.1602
States [recorded in the Lennox-Boyd database]
(i) lettered with the title and '382 // Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs, 20 Apr. 1778.'
(ii) inscription re-engraved, title in a column, two verses of four lines each added: 'Madam your wondrous Beauty I admire ... Sir - my Charms and Fortune I to thee resign.'; publication line as in (i) [impression with CLB]
(iii) republished by Bowles & Carver; publication line altered to 'Printed for 7 Sold by Bowles & Carver, at their Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs' [1935,0522.1.114]
The revival of interest in the story of Abelard and Eloise stems from the poem by Alexander Pope.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of the British Museum, the Art Fund, Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, and numerous individual donors.
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