- Museum number
- Object: Abelard and Eloisa
The couple sitting at a small table in front of the plinth of a pair of columns, she on the left, holding a book in one hand, leaning forward with her chin on her hand and her elbow on a book, wearing a veil; he on the right, wearing a cape and doublet, leaning inwards with one hand reaching across the table, the other at his chest, a book at his feet; roundel window in the background; after Cosway. 1787
Mezzotint with some etching
- Production date
Height: 355 millimetres
Width: 257 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Chaloner Smith notes thtat this is similar in reverse direction to a print by William Humphrey (CS 20), published by Humphrey on 1st June 1774. The latter, he suggests, might be a double portrait of the Cosways though, as Daniell notes, this is unlikely given that they only married six years later. An impression is recorded which is annotated with the name Mr. & Mrs. Burke.
States [recorded in the Lennox-Boyd database]
(i) lettered with the title and 'Painted by R. Cosway. // Engrav'd by J. Jehner. // 226. // Publish'd 12th. 1787, by Rob.t Sayer, 53 Fleet Street, London.'
(ii) republished by Laurie & Whittle; publication line altered to 'Published 12th. May 1794, by Laurie & Whittle 53 Fleet Street London'
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 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.
- Prints and Drawings
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