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The Cave of Despair from Spenser

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1838,0425.63

  • Title (object)

    • The Cave of Despair from Spenser
  • Description

    Despair, an old man, sits in ragged clothing on the ground with instruments of suicide at his left hand, the corpse of Sir Terwin beside him and a skeleton on the rocks behind; to the left the Red Cross Knight holds a dagger to his own neck as Una rushes to stop him, a donkey beside her; after West (Staley 220); with scratched letters. 1775
    Mezzotint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1775
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 442 millimetres
    • Width: 527 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Etched with title and production detail: "B. West R.A. pinxit, 1772", "V. Green, Engraver in Mezzotinto to his Mayesty fecit.", with publication line: "Published June 1st. 1775, by John Boydell Engraver, Cheapside, London"
  • Bibliography

    • Whitman 1902 190 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 Undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Imp)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: The Faerie Queene
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1838

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1838,0425.63

Despair, an old man, sits in ragged clothing on the ground with instruments of suicide at his left hand, the corpse of Sir Terwin beside him and a skeleton on the rocks behind; to the left the Red Cross Knight holds a dagger to his own neck as Una rushes to stop him, a donkey beside her; after West (Staley 220); with scratched letters.  1775  Mezzotint

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Despair, an old man, sits in ragged clothing on the ground with instruments of suicide at his left hand, the corpse of Sir Terwin beside him and a skeleton on the rocks behind; to the left the Red Cross Knight holds a dagger to his own neck as Una rushes to stop him, a donkey beside her; after West (Staley 220); with scratched letters. 1775 Mezzotint

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